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Lessons from Abroad, 2nd Edition
Adapting International Social Welfare Innovations
Amy Restorick Roberts and M. C. Hokenstad, Editors
ISBN: 978-0-87101-578-5. 2022. Item #5785. 204 pages.
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There is much to learn through the international exchange of policy initiatives and program models. “Lessons from abroad”—the knowledge of problem-solving programs in other countries—can be an important component of understanding and addressing social problems in the 21st century United States, inspiring and informing policy action and program development.

Editors Amy Restorick Roberts and M. C. “Terry” Hokenstad bring together top scholars who share their expertise about approaches for understanding and addressing an array of global challenges through policy and practice examples from both developing and developed countries. Chapters examine distinct content areas, such as child welfare, aging, the climate crisis, and forced migration. Other chapters more broadly address global issues directly aligned with the values and professional ethics of social work, including environmental justice, the alleviation of poverty, social security, and community development. One chapter is devoted to the international social welfare treaties and conventions that affect social welfare and social work practice around the world, and the final chapter provides a thoughtful review of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and discusses the 2030 Agenda, examining implementation strategies and the contributions of social work.
Introduction: Global Challenges and International Innovations: Social Policy and Program Models from Other Countries
M. C. “Terry” Hokenstad and Amy Restorick Roberts

Chapter 1: Forced Migration, Displaced Persons, and Our Climate in Crisis: A Call for Environmental Justice in Social Work Education and Practice
Rebecca Leela Thomas

Chapter 2: Exploring Child Welfare through International Innovations
Rosemary J. Link

Chapter 3: Age-Friendly Cities and Communities: An International Network of Innovation and Exchange
Amy Restorick Roberts and M. C. “Terry” Hokenstad

Chapter 4: Global Trends in Social Protection: Lessons for the United States
James Midgley

Chapter 5: Global Migration and Promising International Innovations
Uma A. Segal

Chapter 6: Community-Based Psychosocial Support: Lessons from the Global South
Martha Bragin

Chapter 7: Global Trends in Community Development: Lessons for the United States
Michelle Livermore

Chapter 8: International Social Welfare Treaties and Conventions: Implications for the United States
Elizabeth Lightfoot

Chapter 9: United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: The Social Work Role
Lynne M. Healy and M. C. “Terry” Hokenstad

About the Editors
About the Contributors
Amy Restorick Roberts, PhD, MSSA, is an associate professor of social work at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and a research fellow at the Scripps Gerontology Center. She has served on the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Global Social Work Education, as well as other committees that support programs and research in the areas of international education, human rights, and global aging. Roberts teaches courses in social policy, gerontological social work practice, and human behavior in the social environment at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. She has worked in the area of gerontological social work for over 20 years as a practitioner, researcher, and educator. Her articles have been published in International Social Work, the Journal of Gerontological Social Work, The Gerontologist, Medical Care Research and Review, Research on Aging, the Journal of Social Work Education, and other journals. In recognition of her scholarship that aims to improve the quality of life of older people and strengthen systems of long-term care services and supports, Roberts was recognized as a fellow within the Gerontological Society of America in 2018. Her current research projects examine social work in nursing homes, family caregiving, and preventing elder abuse.

M. C. “Terry” Hokenstad, PhD, is Ralph and Dorothy P. Schmitt Professor Emeritus at the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences and professor of international health in the School of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio. He is a recognized international leader in social work, having served on many international committees and commissions. He has been editor of International Social Work and has also published widely on international issues. His major books include Participation in Teaching and Learning: An Idea Book for Social Work Educators (with Barry Rigby), Linking Health Care and Social Services (with Roger Ritvo), Gerontological Social Work: International Perspectives (with Katherine Kendall), Profiles in International Social Work (editor with S. K. Khinduka and James Midgley), and Issues in International Social Work (editor with James Midgley). He has received two Fulbright Awards for teaching and research in Scandinavia and has been a visiting professor and program consultant at several universities in Europe and Asia. Hokenstad is a past president of the Council on Social Work Education in the United States and is currently honorary president of the Global Institute of Social Work, which is headquartered in Singapore.
Martha Bragin, PhD, MSW, is jointly appointed professor at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College and the PhD Program in Social Welfare at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She joined the faculty after 30 years of experience supporting United Nations agencies, governments, and nongovernmental organizations to address the effects of violence and disaster on children, youth, and families. She serves as a member of the Inter-Agency Standing Com-mittee Reference Group on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings that sets and monitors standards for psychosocial interventions by all humanitarian actors in emergencies. Representing the International Association of Schools of Social Work at the United Nations, she is a member of the Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action, setting global standards and conducting research on child well-being and development.

Lynne M. Healy, PhD, MSW, is Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor Emerita from the University of Connecticut School of Social Work. Currently she is the main representative to the United Nations for the International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW), member of the Board of Water for Cambodia, member of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Kendall Institute Advisory Committee, and a senior editor for the Encyclopedia of Social Work Online. Among her many past voluntary roles, she served as secretary and vice president of the IASSW, chair of the CSWE International Commission, and chair of the Fulbright Social Work Advisory Committee. Healy has published extensively on international social work, human rights, and human service management.

Elizabeth Lightfoot, PhD, MSW, is foundation professor and director of the School of Social Work at Arizona State University. Previously she was distinguished global professor at the School of Social Work at the University of Minnesota, where she directed the PhD program for many years. Her academic background is in both social work and public policy, and she is particularly interested in global and domestic policies related to people with disabilities. She has received Fulbright Scholar fellowships to study disability issues in both Namibia and Romania; has served in leadership positions in the Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education in Social Work, the Society for Social Work and Research, and the Council on Social Work Education; has been inducted into the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare; and has received national, university, and collegewide awards for international engagement, educational leadership, and teaching.

Rosemary J. Link, PhD, is a member of the community faculty of the University of Minnesota and a retired professor of social work, dean of graduate programs at Augsburg University, and associate vice president for academic affairs at Simpson College. Since her early work as a school social worker in North London, United Kingdom, Link has had a lifelong commitment to research into children’s rights and international social work. Link served two terms as a member of the Council on Social Work Education International (now Global) Commission and the Katherine A. Kendall Institute. Her board memberships include Southside Family Nurturing Center and Big Brothers Big Sisters. In 2005–2006, she received a State Department grant to serve as an educational ambassador in Slovenia, India, and Singapore. Her publications include When Children Pay, for the Child Poverty Action Group in London, All Our Futures and Human Behavior in a Just World (with C. S. Ramanathan), the Handbook for International Social Work and Human Rights (with L. M. Healy), Social Work and Social Welfare, and Social Welfare Policy for a Sustainable Future (with K. van Wormer).

Michelle Livermore, PhD, LMSW, is the Janet D. and Herman Moyse III Associate Professor of Social Work and director of the School of Social Work at Louisiana State University. The social development approach to community development and social policy provides an overarching framework for her work. Her research focuses on the intersection between social and economic activities and outcomes, particularly among low-resource populations. Her most recent research examines internet technology as an opportunity and a barrier for these populations.

James Midgley, PhD, is professor of the Graduate School, University of California, Berkeley. He previously served as the dean of the School of Social Welfare and held the Harry and Riva Specht Chair in Public Social Services from 1997 to 2016, when he retired from full-time academic work. He has published 15 single-authored books as well as 26 edited collections and more than 120 journal articles on social development, international social welfare, and social policy. He holds honorary doctorates from the University of Johannesburg, the Polytechnic University of Madrid, and his alma mater, the University of Cape Town.

Uma A. Segal, PhD, MSSW, is Curators’ Distinguished Professor at the School of Social Work, University of Missouri–St. Louis. She is globally recognized for her work on immigrant integration. A Fulbright fellow and scholar, she consulted with Portugal’s High Commission for Migration, designed a school of social work in India, and has delivered keynote addresses for the World Health Organization.

Rebecca Leela Thomas, PhD, MSW, is professor at the University of Connecticut (UConn) School of Social Work and director of the Center for International Social Work Studies. She chairs the Policy Practice Concentration, as well as the focused area of International Social Work, and directs a joint academic program exchange between UConn and Yerevan State University in Armenia. In addition to serving on committees to assist immigrants and refugees at the local level, Thomas is chair of the Global Commission of the Council on Social Work Education and represents the International Association of the Schools of Social Work on the NGO Committee on Migration at the United Nations. Her areas of research include international social work, international development, climate-induced migration, remittances, and microfinance.

This exciting new edition of Lessons from Abroad provides key policy ideas and international program innovations in global social work, demonstrating that we have much to learn through international exchanges with colleagues from various nations, especially regarding various policies and cross-cultural models for practice. Eminent scholars and leaders in international social work share enlightened perspectives on social welfare and insights into a variety of concerns, as well as the rarely discussed social welfare treaties and international conventions. In addition, the authors emphasize the importance for the development and implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to end extreme poverty, inequality, and injustice, and deal with climate change and food and energy insecurity; social work input can help in achieving the goals in the 2030 Agenda. Scholars and students will find Lessons from Abroad a great source of global social work and a resource for teaching and research in international social welfare.

Tan Ngoh Tiong, PhD
Professor and former dean, Singapore University of Social Sciences
Treasurer, International Association of Schools of Social Work