Asian Tsunami and Social Work Practice: Recovery and Rebuilding

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Asian Tsunami and Social Work Practice presents an inside look at the complicated nature of disaster preparedness and how it relates to poverty, trauma, community development, and service delivery systems. Health, human services, and mental health professionals from countries still reeling from the devastations of the Asian Tsunami of 2004 reflect on the challenges facing survivors, the effects of the disaster, and interventions by the community and social work professionals. This unique book offers real-life accounts of practice models and the experiences of recovery from natural and man-made events.

When disaster strikes, social workers and other human service professionals not only are the first responders, they are also called upon to help victims with the effects of trauma and displacement, providing social and emotional support in the recovery and rebuilding of families and communities. Asian Tsunami and Social Work Practice explores social interventions used in relief efforts to aid hundreds of thousands of people who were left at risk and in need in affected areas of South Asia and East Africa, including Thailand, Sri Lanka, India, Singapore, and Indonesia.

Asian Tsunami and Social Work Practice examines:
  • mental health practice in emergency response
  • the connections between disability and disaster
  • social and physical conditions after the tsunami of 2004
  • state and civil society responses in India
  • service delivery frameworks
  • the effective use of volunteers
  • training programs for social workers and recovery workers
  • the economic, social, and psychological impacts on survivors
  • and much more
Asian Tsunami and Social Work Practice is an invaluable aid for students, practice professionals, and educators in health and human services, as well as anyone working in international aid and disaster relief.

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