Perspectives on the community education model of social work as a response to global risk issues : implications for education and practice

Engelbrecht, Lambert K. (2004-11)

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Engelbrecht, L. K. 2004. Perspectives on the community education model of social work as a response to global risk issues : implications for education and practice. Paper delivered at the Howard University School of Social Work Leadership Development Seminar. Global Social Work Education: Preparing Students for Leadership. 5 November, USA: Washington DC.

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INTRODUCTION: Society's prevailing ideology – whether it is focused largely on personal troubles or public issues or somewhere in-between – is mirrored in the priorities of social work and its methodologies. This paper reflects on the priorities of social work in terms of global risk issues and community education as a methodology. The mission of social work has always included a people-focused development philosophy that is proactive and preventative in its approach to addressing present and anticipated. This people-focused development philosophy is based on the assumption that all people should have access to goods, services, opportunities, decision-making processes and. In such a context, it follows that there will always be a common educational component in social work, since education in some or other form will occur when information is offered to communities.

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