Social Work Practice for Promoting Health and Wellbeing
Edited by Liz Beddoe, Jane Maidment
To Be Published January 31st 2014 by Routledge – 240 pages
Promoting health and wellbeing is an essential part of all effective social work – not just for practice in healthcare settings. In fact, the IFSW holds that ‘social workers in all settings are engaged in health work’ and physical and mental resilience can make a major difference to all service users’ lives.
Drawing on international literature and research, the authors collected here encourage thinking about the social, political, cultural, emotional, spiritual, economic and spatial aspects of health and wellbeing, and how they impact on the unique strengths and challenges of working with particular populations and communities. Divided into three parts, the first section outlines the major theoretical paradigms and critical debates around social work and ideas of wellbeing, human rights, social justice and social change. The second part goes on to explore how diverse understandings of culture, identity, spirituality and health require different strategies for meeting health and wellbeing needs. The final part presents a variety of examples of social work in relation to health and wellbeing with specific populations, including mental health.
Exploring how structural inequality, oppression and stigma can impact upon people, and drawing upon a social model of health, this book is an important read for all practitioners and researchers interested in social work, public health and social inclusion.
1. Introduction Liz Beddoe and Jane Maidment Part 1: Current Themes and Critical Issues in Health and Wellbeing 2. Critical Approaches to Health in Society Jane Maidment 3. Global Perspectives on Social Work and Health Paul Bywaters 4. Future Visions of Social Work in Healthcare Linda Haultain 5. Risk and Vulnerability Discourses in Contemporary Health Care Liz Beddoe 6. Stress and Resilience and Surviving Challenging Life Events: an Ecological Approach Carole Adamson 7. Stigma in Health and Social Care Viviene Cree 8. The Natural Environment and Wellbeing Uschi Bay Part 2: Diverse Communities: Culture, Identity, Spirituality and Health 9. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and Health and Wellbeing Lorraine Muller 10. Whai Ora Jim Anglem 11. Pasifika Health Yvonne Crichton-Hill, Tanya McCall and Genevieve Togiaso 12. LGBT Health and Wellbeing Joy Phillips 13. Disability and Social Inclusion Helen Meekosha Part 3: Messages from Research 14. Children, Health and Family Decision-making Andrew Thompson and Liz Beddoe 15. Young People, Public Space and Health Phil Crane 16. Older Adults, Resilience and Social Connectedness Hong Jae Park 17. Mental Health, Critical Social Work and Professionalism Selma Macfarlane 18. Health Professionals in the Field of Chronic Care Christa Fouché 19. Refugees and Migrants: Health, Wellbeing and Identity Jay Marlowe 20. Older Women and Wellbeing Jane Maidment 21. Grief, Loss and Change with a Focus on Decision-making Challenges in Women’s Health Judith McCoyd
Liz Beddoe is Head and Associate Professor in the School of Counselling, Human Services and Social Work at the University of Auckland and has had extensive clinical experience as social worker in health services. She is an associate editor for Social Work Education and co-edits the journal Advances in Social Work and Welfare Education.
Jane Maidment is a senior social work academic employed at Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology, New Zealand. She has a history of practice in the area of health care for older persons and has continued research interest in health and wellbeing more generally.