Social Work and Disasters
A Handbook for Practice
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It addresses the complexities of social work disaster practice, noting the need for social workers to understand the language of trauma and to respond effectively. The authors discuss disaster theory and practice, drawing out elements of practice at macro-, meso- and micro-levels and at various stages of the disaster. They examine the factors that shape vulnerability in disasters and draw out the possibility of post-traumatic growth. The final section discusses strategies for self-care in disaster practice, noting the organisational and personal strategies that can be adopted to facilitate the wellbeing of workers in the field.
With real-life case studies from top scholars in the field, this book is essential reading for social work practitioners working in the field of disaster practice, as well as social work students and academics. It will also be useful to other health professionals who wish to understand this field of practice.
List of case study authors; Introduction; Part I - Theories for practice in disaster social work; Chapter 1 - Social work and the environment: an historical overview; Chapter 2 - Global policy contexts; Chapter 3 - Providing conceptual clarity; Chapter 4 - Theories of social work and the environment: incorporating disasters; Part II - Practice theories; Chapter 5 - Disaster social work practice; Chapter 6 - Community-based practice: working at the meso-level; Chapter 7 - Trauma, grief and loss - meso- and micro-levels of disaster practice; Chapter 8 - Social workers and disasters: organisational contexts; Part III - Vulnerability, resilience and intersectionality; Chapter 9 - Factors shaping vulnerability; Chapter 10 - Gender and disasters; Chapter 11 - Vulnerable populations; Part IV - Social workers engaged in disaster practice; Chapter 12 - Social work and self-care; Chapter 13 - Shaping social work disaster practice; Index
Tricia Hazeleger is an Australian rural social worker with a professional practice background in generic case work, community development, tertiary social work education, project management, community action research and public service policy development.Tricia was a member of the Victorian Gender and Disaster Taskforce (2014-2017) and the Municipal Association of Victoria's Gender in Emergency Management Advisory Group (2012-2014), co-ordinator of the Gender Edition of the Australian Journal of Emergency Management (2013) and a team member in the international Rebuilding Lives Post Disaster research and subsequent publications (2013-2018).
Desley Hargreaves, PSM, is a Consultant Social Work Practitioner with particular interests in disasters and professional leadership. Prior to her retirement from the Au