TISSA 2014: Transforming Societies – A challenge for Social Work in Europe

tissa_logo-gThe International ‘Social Work & Society’ Academy (TiSSA) focusses the issue of welfare state transformation all over the world. In this context, the organizers ask: “Business as usual – carrying on as social work has done so far – working in the usual manner while the world is transforming? Can that be the perspective for critical social work? In societies where poverty, unemployment and inequality of opportunities are symptomatic features of a radicalised market system? On the one hand, these trends threaten to obliterate the classical fields of social work engagement, on the other they make them more demanding. These trends, which encroach increasingly on most European countries, challenge us to act with determination. They affect all age groups, men as well as women. We see constantly new zones of precarious situations forming and the fear of losing established existential securities spreading. Welfare programmes become eroded and confined to securing the bare minimum of existence instead of providing a secure future perspective. Young people feel abandoned with their expectations for the future and heading for an existential void when they do not fit the norms of the economic system. The traditional structure of opportunities for ‘the use of labour’ turns out to be an illusion. The appeal to individual self-realisation and activation becomes a synonym for failed social and labour policies but gets ideologically turned into the main plank of welfare theories and policies.”

TISSA 2014 takes place in Sofia, Bulgaria from August 22 to 24 2014. The call for papers is open – you can submit until June 30th and find more information here: www.tissa.net

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Like a fish without a bicycle? We need a science of social work! – Report from an invitational conference on the subject of “Shaping a Science of Social Work” at the University of Southern California (Los Angeles) in May 2011

jpg-1.thumbnailHans-Jürgen Göppner, Eichstätt (Germany)

It is incontestable worldwide that social work needs a „science base“.

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Europeanising the Social Professions – Networking in practice and education

jpg-12.thumbnailGünter J Friesenhahn / Friedrich W. Seibel / Anette Kniephoff-Knebel

In both science as well as in practice a newly raised awareness for the significance of European dimensions of social work has been detected since the mid eighties triggered by strategic considerations and initiatives of the European Union, that intended to liaise people in Europe more intensively on a personal and professional level by offering special programmes. International networks, cross-border projects and the development of international education perspectives have been growing since.

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SocINDEX™ with Full Text

SocINDEX™ with Full Text is the world’s most comprehensive and highest-quality sociology research database.

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Defend Social Worker Norbert Ferencz – Sign the petition

Is social work an act of incitement in Hungary?

Our fellow social worker Norbert Ferencz (Pumukli), member of the Új Szemlélet group represents radical social work, and is now under trial for incitement, a felony punishable by up to 3 years imprisonment!

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The Second Russian–American Child Welfare Forum: Opening Remarks of the Russian Child Rights Commissioner About Intercountry Adoption, Responses, and the Spirit of Child Protection Collaboration Between the Two Nations

Karen Smith Rotabi, PhD, MSW, MPH, Richmond, Virginia (USA)

As a result of bilateral child protection negotiations between the United States and the Russian Federation, the Second Russian-American Child Welfare Forum was held in late June 2012 in Chicago, Illinois, as a part of the 20th Annual Colloquium of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children. This meeting, a follow-up to a previous gathering held in Russia, was organized to “exchange experiences and opinions on pressing issues we face in building effective child welfare systems in our countries” (Egorova, 2012).

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Family Group Conferencing to preserve Families and prevent Child Institutionalization

group conferenceKaren Smith Rotabi, Richmond, Virginia (USA)

Helping families and their kin develop care plans for orphaned and vulnerable children was the objective of the family group conferencing (FGC) training that took place in Guatemala City from July 10-12, 2012.

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Update on Child Abduction for Adoption from Guatemala: New Court Ruling

Karen Smith Rotabi, Richmond, Virginia (USA)

On 29 July of 2011, Loyda Rodriguez finally received a court order from Guatemalan courts ruling her daughter’s intercountry adoption to be illegal

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TISSA 2012: Social Work & Society – Between Private, Public and the State: 10th TISSA Conference/Bucharest (Romania)

tissa.thumbnailFor quite some time now the European welfare state models have come under heavy pressure. This pressure was characterised by the discussion on the nature of social solidarity under the impact of neo-liberalism. This has brought about socio-political restrictions in almost every European country, at times in extreme form. The principle of subjectivity as self-responsibility of the individual citizen found wide political acclaim.

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Primary Health Centers in the Backward Regions of India: An Exclusive Study of PHC, Mura, Dist-Sambalpur, Orissa, India


Deepak Kumar Behera, Orissa (India)

Health is the major indicator of development. The country where the health system is good it is taken in to consideration that the country is developed. But this is a fallacy so far as the scenario of India is concerned.

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