Social work and disasters: A handbook for practice

Margaret Alston, Tricia Hazeleger, Desley Hargreaves

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    Disasters are increasing in frequency and intensity across the world, causing significant destruction to individuals and communities. Yet many social workers are ill-prepared for the demands of this field of practice. This bookdiscusses the role of social workers in disaster work, including in disaster-preparedness, during the disaster and in post-disaster practice. 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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationAbingdon, Oxon
    PublisherTaylor & Francis
    Number of pages254
    ISBN (Electronic)9781315109138
    ISBN (Print)9781138089525, 9781138089549
    Publication statusPublished - 01 Jan 2019


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