1998/1999 ISSUE 1
IUC Dubrovnik, Croatia is an independent international center
for post-graduate studies, founded in 1972 as a meeting point
for scholars from all over the world (www.iuc.hr/).
The place itself, the ancient city of Dubrovnik, provided
a rich "backdrop" for the development of numerous
courses in practically all areas of scientific inquiry and
well established professional programs. By 1985, the IUC already
offered several courses in the field of social work of which
the best known was a course in modern self-help coordinated
by Dr. Alfred Katz, professor at University of California,
Los Angeles in the United States. That year, Burt Galaway
and Dada M. Maglajlic' met at the world congress on victimology
spent several days reviewing social work practice and theory
with special interest to further explore the common ground
for joint research. One of the directions we decided to take
was exploration of the possibility to offer a set of courses
under the umbrella title "School of Social Work Theory
and Practice" within the IUC Dubrovnik. We spent almost
two years reviewing similar programs and envisioning school
that may combine the traditions of the IUC and Dubrovnik,
as well as the best traditions of the field we both belong
to. In 1987 we formally approached the International Association
of the School of Social Work Secretariat in Austria and the
International Federation of Social Workers Secretariat in
Norway. We received support and direct help from both, defined
the first three courses and continued to work on formal procedure
as required by the IUC. In 1989/90 we offered the first three
- Spirituality and Social Work,
- Foster Care as an Alternative to Institutional Care, and
- Nordic Model of Social Work and Social Welfare.
After a series of courses and publications related to foster
care and adoption, we decided to develop two different courses
which will emphasize different dimensions of working with
children and youth, that is:
- Social Work with Children (Youth and Families), and
- Developing Neighborhood and Community Support Systems.
Social Policies and Social Work, become a "substitute"
for the excellent course Social Work and Social Welfare in
the Nordic Countries, a model that guided most of us but could
be replicated only in a very limited number of countries,
and is for the most part restricted to the Nordic Region.
In addition to our program in Dubrovnik, we developed a whole
network of collaborative connections and offered many additional
workshops, most of which focused on working with children,
youth and families, as well as the foster care and adoption.
Special programs such as a "Train the Trainers"
international workshop were offered linking the "west
and the east, the north and the south," both figuratively
and literally. Shortly after it, the war in former Yugoslavia
started. Although we were one of the first programs that offered
courses in Dubrovnik after the siege of the ancient city,
we had to seek new locations in order to preserve the broad
network of active participants, established during the first
two years. With the help of the IUC secretariat and numerous
other institutions, we staged annual programs in Zagreb (several
times), Budapest, Brijuni, Seattle and Philadelphia. In 1997,
we returned to Dubrovnik. War in the region affected our,
and all other, academic programs. We felt a need to "deliver
a message" about the situation in the region and our
efforts to preserve the school as a plea for peace and a more
just world. As part of this mission, we published four and
prepared the fifth book (which was to be published at the
community college in Zagreb):
- Galaway, B., Maglajlic', D., Hudson, J., Harmon, P., and
McLagan, J.(Editors). (1990)
International Perspectives on Specialist Foster Care. H.S.A.
St. Paul, MN, USA.
- Maglajlic', Dada M. and Zivkovic', Aleksandra S. (1991).
Treatment Foster Care as an Alternative to Institutional Care.
(Specijalizirani smjestaj u drugu obitelj kao alternativa
institutucionalnom smjestaju; English & Croatian): Special
edition of Social Welfare journal. FSZ, Zagreb.
- Maglajlic', Dada M. and Soydan, Haluk. (1992). Social Work
and Social Welfare in the Nordic Countries. (Sociajlni rad
i socijalna skrb u Nordijskim zemljama; English & Croatian):
Special edition prepared as a symbolic contribution to rebuild
the IUC building which was destroyed during the war. CRZ,
- McKenzie, Brad (Editor): (1993). Foster Family Care for
Children and Youth. Wall & Emerson, Inc. CND, Toronto.
- Galaway, Burt and Maglajlic', Dada M. (1995). Unpublished
book prepared for publication in collaboration with the Open
University (community college): International Prosepctive
on Caring for Children and Youth With Special Reference to
Foster Care. (Medjunarodni pristup skrbi za djecu s posebnim
osvrtom na hraniteljsku skrb).
From the very beginning we developed a very strong network
of associates in all regions of the world. For more information
please visit the "News and Information" section
of the journal! We invite you to visit our web pages, and
welcome your decision to join us in Dubrovnik! At this point
School has five course and the sixth is in preparation. The
annual academic program is offered in the form of a postgraduate symposium and is equally
open to social work faculty and researchers, well established
practitioners and graduate students. Undergraduate students
must provide at least one letter of reference as explained
in our general information statement.
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