The 2010 Joint World Conference on Social Work and Social Development: The Agenda was the first ever combined meeting of the three major social work and social development organizations: the International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW), the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) and the International Consortium on Social Welfare (ICSW). The meeting was held June 10-14, 2010 in Hong Kong, China. Conference participants were tasked with creating an agenda for social work and social development for the next decade. Many CSWE members were in attendance and participated in various panels and workshops.
The Katherine A. Kendall Institute for International Social Work Education (KAKI) organized two sessions for the conference. The first was a workshop titled Global Population Movements: The Role for Social Work in Integration. The workshop examined the role of social workers in assisting various types of global migrants with social and cultural integration in their new environments by utilizing the social development model, which emphasizes a strengths perspective. A case study of North Korean refugees was used to illustrate the coordinating role of that social workers play in managing a variety of resettlement services that migrants may need. Workshop presenters included CSWE and KAKI advisory board members Terry Hokenstad and Uma Segal, CSWE member Daniel Lee, and Younghee Park a visiting professor from Korea Christian University.
KAKI Postconference Workshop
The Kendall Institute also held a postconference workshop on disaster management and response, which was held at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. The presenters of this workshop were CSWE members Martha Bragin and Golam Mathbor, KAKI advisory board member Grant Larson, and IFSW member Michael Cronin. Workshop registrants from came from a number of countries including Namibia, Nigeria, Canada, China, Sri Lanka, India, and Australia. The workshop covered a variety of topics including: the theoretical framework for disaster management and response, implementation of the IASC guidelines on mental health and psychosocial support, the Red Cross first responders’ perspective, and a post-tsunami case study in India.