2003/2004 ISSUE 7
June 2003 marked introduction of the new, sixth course "Social Work Theories
and Methodologies"! There is a lot to explore in this
important area of social work theory and practice, and our
first symposium already pointed to the rich tapestry from
which many valuable threads may surface in the future. It
also marked first cancellation of the course Social Work and
Spirituality, which we offer since 1989! Maybe there was a
need for a time out, and a transition into a new stage!? All
other original courses already underwent transformation, changing
its emphases, content and title.
Also in June,
we had our Editorial Board meeting. We had the opportunity
to evaluate what was accomplished since 1997/98, and envision
new developments. We plan to have two issues per year:
- Fall Issue will
cover lectures from the following three courses:
Spring Issue will cover lectures from the remaining three courses:
- Social Work Theories and Methodologies,
- Social Work and Spirituality, and
- Social Work with Children and Youth.
- Developing Neighborhood and Community Support Systems,
- Social Work and Social Policies, and
- Social Work with Juvenile Offenders.
members opted to publish three best lectures from each course!
Each course is offered in the form of annual symposium, with
some 7 – 10 lectures per course. Format and content
of each and every course/symposium, are jointly defined by
the course organizing and other directors, Resource Persons
(Lecturers) and Participants, with a potential detour from
the standard lecture format. Also, many professors use their
previously published works as a source of information (handout).
Thus, there is a possibility to have an excellent symposium
without potential material for publication. At the same time,
there is a possibility to have more than three excellent lectures
prepared as an article for our journal.
Over the last
four years we collected material for three solid books. This
material will be utilized when need presents itself, that
is when we don’t have desired number of original lectures/articles
from each of our courses. Lectures offered several years ago
by our long-term associate Ms. Regina Mueller, are published
in the Fall 2003 issue of the journal, since a large number
of our associates who work for different Non-Governmental
Organizations (NGOs) have requested it.
We had the honor
to have late Professor David Brandon with us in Dubrovnik
two times! Shortly after illness took its course David sent
us his excellent work entitled “Shaman?” with
a brief note that we may make good use of it. As humble homage
to a beautiful human being, deeply caring practitioner, daring
explorer, human rights activist, brilliant author and wise
teacher, we have included the article in this issue. Professor
Brandon’s text points that “Our social work
practice has fundamental difficulties suspended rather like
Milton’s mankind between Heaven and Hell, but in our
case between the individual and society. A Shamanic social
work training would involve these various stages: Wounds,
Empathy, Loving kindness, Rituals, Mindfulness, Mutual transformation”.
by three researchers (Dr. Flaker from Slovenia, Dr. Littlechild
from England and Dr. Lurie from US/Norway), one young practitioner
who started to attend our courses as a social work student
(Ms. Bettina Stroebel), and one social work student (Ms. Barbara
Yung) ponder some of the basic dilemmas Professor Brandon
refers to. Such an excellent combination of new, fresh approaches
to practice and theory, combined with years of experience,
research and teaching, as well as the wisdom Professor Brandon
kindly shared with us!
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