Transformative ecosocial change in professional practice: Participatory action research with Australian social workers

Heather Boetto (Presenter), Wendy Bowles (Presenter), Kati Närhi (Presenter), Meredith Powers (Presenter)

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This article reports on Participatory Action Research with social work practitioners to collaboratively explore the effects on professional practice when practitioners raise their awareness of an ecosocial work approach. Although contemporary research in the profession has contributed to the ongoing development of ecosocial work, there is a notable lack of collaboration with social work practitioners. Using a transformative ecosocial work model of practice, researchers together with social workers from a range of practice contexts met as co-inquirers to plan, implement and evaluate ecosocial work interventions. As part of a larger international study, this article reports on research outcomes within the Australian context. Overall, results indicate that practitioners incorporated interventions across personal, individual, group and organisational levels of practice, however, were constrained by structural elements at broader levels. Continuing the development of ecosocial work requires further collaborative exploration with practitioners, which takes consideration of communities and broader social and political systems.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jul 2020
EventIFSW 2020 Online Conference: Co-Building Social Transformation - Online (due to COVID-19 pandemic)
Duration: 15 Jul 202019 Jul 2020
Conference number: 333 (conference website)


ConferenceIFSW 2020 Online Conference
Abbreviated titleEnvironment
OtherThe original conference name was 'Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development 2020'. The conference was changed to an online conference due to COVID-19 and the name was changed to IFSW Online Conference.
This conference will finalise a global consultation process that will set the strategic priorities for the social work profession from 2020 to 2030.
Book of abstracts attached to PID 51043301.
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