SWAN North East event for World Social Work day: Developing Social Work in Central Asia, 20 March 2013.

Dr Terry Murphy will present on the last 7 years of involvement of Teesside University Social Work department in developing Social Work in Central Asia including the complexities of working with the legacy of Russian and Soviet era colonialism and the interaction of modem social work thinking with the traditional Islamic Mahala system of local social care.

The experience of working directly with some of the outstanding local social workers during the Kyrgyzstan ethnic cleansing of 2010 will lead into a discussion of the ethical and practice issues involved in working with social workers in politically unstable situations and of the complex tensions between international social work values and local political realities. In particular the idea of enhanced or preferential  duties of care to local colleagues for social work consultants will be explored.


Event will be held at Teesside University on 20th March 2013. 1-2pm in Room PS0.13, Parkside Offices, Park Road North Middlesbrough TS13BA

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