6 – 12 June 2010   print this page

Course directors:

Mari Nordstrand, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway
Brian Littlechild, University of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Vito Flaker, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Katarzyna Pawelek, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland
Peter Erath, Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Germany

Course description:

This year the course aims to discuss how social work practitioners in different countries construct and make use of a diverse range of methods and techniques in social work practice. The use of the term method can be understood as different skills

(e.g. listening and talking, organizing, negotiating, recording, enabling, accessing resources etc.), it can be understood as different domains of social work action and intervention – i.e. creating the space for people to exchange ideas, meanings and understanding, claiming and enacting their welfare rights, knowing and changing the world people live in or as sets or models developed in social work (e.g. casework, case management, risk assessment, crisis intervention, group-work, community action, etc.) However, besides social work’s own methods, there are methods used in social work that have been developed across the disciplines (e.g. counselling, coaching, mediation, training, networking, advocating, planning, budgeting, etc.). The same is true for the various techniques used in social work (e.g. “circular questioning”, “feedback”, “reframing”, “joining”, “observation”, “mapping”, “case conference”, “befriending”, “tele-care” “personal planning, “search conference”, community forums, media work etc.), The techniques could be described as “elements” of a method used in specific situations to reach very specific targets In this sense the social work methods can be understood as structured assessment and intervention procedures and strategies that generate change with people (persons, groups and communities) in their environments in order to improve their quality of life. Against this background various techniques and methods will be explored in order to share examples of good practice.

Work Schedule:

Social Work Theories and Methodologies, June 20 – 26, 2010

Primary Contact: Prof.Dr. Peter Erath peter.erath@ku-eichstaeet.de

Back-up contact Prof.Dr. Dada M. Maglajlic’ dadam@paulbunyan.net