The Ralph S. and Dorothy P. Schmitt Professor Emeritus and Distinguished University Professor Emeritus M.C. “Terry” Hokenstad, Jr., PhD, published the second edition of his book, Lessons From Abroad: Adapting International Social Welfare Innovations, co-edited with alumna Amy Restorick Roberts (SAS ’00; GRS ’13, social welfare), in October 2022.
The book, published by NASW Press, is a collaboration among top scholars to provide international program key policy ideas and innovations in social work.
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.
This story appeared in The Daily on Dec. 16, 2022.