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Eco-Social Work in Australia
Householders' Option to Protect the Environment HOPE Australia
A podcast series on eco-social work practice development in 2021 and for the future.
Aug 3, 2021
A MAINSTREAM PERSPECTIVE ON ECO-SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE
GUEST: Beni McKenzie, social worker in practice in the Gold Coast region of Queensland. Beni is Vice-President of the AASW (South) Qld Branch and a member of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) National Advisory Panel for Climate Action. Over a number of years, Beni has been active in finding ways to embed eco-social work practice principles into his mainstream work and opportunities to spread the word on eco-social approaches to his colleagues and other social workers at local, regional, and national levels. INTRODUCTION TO THIS EPISODE An upsurge in green or eco-social work theorising can be traced back as far as the mid to late 1990s but its incorporation into mainstream practice in Australia has been a much more recent phenomenon. Academic research and social work training institution interest in eco-social work approaches started to pick up here around the mid-2000s and was given increased impetus by World Social Work Day events in 2017 themed on ‘Promoting Community and Environmental Sustainability’ one of the sustainable development (SD) pillars of the international, Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development initiative, launched in 2012. Stimulated by the increased interest in eco-social work ideas occurring at that time, a number of branches of the AASW, the peak social work organisation in Australia, started to meet, to share eco-social work ideas and practice and to network this information with colleagues. INTERVIEW TALKING POINTS –approximate time elapsed location in minutes. * Guest self-introduction – 2.38 * Guest perception of ESW practice in 2021 – 5.05 * How can ESW help tackle climate change and other SD challenges? – 7.21 * Why should the SW mainstream be involved with physical environmental challenges? – 11.47 * Opportunities for ESW practice in the short to medium term future. – 15.20 * Meso and macro level ESW advocacy focussed on climate change and public health – 18.56 * Guest closing comments - including reflection on the lack of a systems approach to current environmental budgeting in Queensland – 23.25 * Close of interview – 30.43 REFERENCES AND RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THE DISCUSSION * Associate Professor Jennifer Boddy Griffith University – see various relevant research outputs * Beyond Zero Emissions (BZE) “is an internationally recognised think tank that shows through independent research and innovative solutions how Australia can prosper in a zero-emissions economy.” For example, see BZE’s Million Jobs Plan which shows “how in just five years, renewables and low emissions projects can deliver 1.8 million new jobs in the regions and communities where these are needed most.” * Professor Lena Dominelli – see various relevant research outputs * The Climate and Health Alliance (CAHA) is “a coalition of health care stakeholders who work together to see the threat to human health from climate change and ecological degradation addressed through prompt policy action. The membership of CAHA includes organisations and individuals from across the health sector, with organisations representing health care professionals from medicine, nursing, public health, social work and psychology, as well as health care service providers, research and academic institutions, and health consumers.” A good example of CAHA’s diverse campaigns and projects is its advocacy with the federal government to develop a National Strategy on Climate, Health and Well-being for Australia. * * Micro, meso and macro practice opportunities within eco-social work. For some suggestions see: Boetto (2017) AASW CPD training (2020) and Nicholson/CAHA (2020) * Author Bruce Pascoe’s book Dark Emu (2014) which ‘puts forward an argument for a reconsideration of the hunter-gatherer tag for pre-colonial Aboriginal Australians. The evidence insists that Aboriginal people right across the continent were using domesticated plants, sowing, harvesting, irrigating, and storing — behaviours inconsistent with the hunter-gatherer tag.’ The book has generated much public debate and some useful critique since its publication. * Project Drawdown: ‘The World’s Leading Resource for Climate Solutions’ with a ‘mission to help the world reach “Drawdown”— the point in the future when levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere stop climbing and start to steadily decline, thereby stopping catastrophic climate change — as quickly, safely, and equitably as possible.’ The educational resources on the website are well presented, engaging and solution focussed. For example, see the Climate Solutions 101 video series. * Queensland state budgetary support announcements for renewable energy and low carbon technologies in 2021. * Quiet time spent in nature – there is a growing understanding in Australia and internationally of the health and wellbeing benefits of spending time in the natural world or green spaces. * Self-care – especially maintaining adult mental wellbeing in the face of climate and eco-anxiety and eco-grief. The NFP Psychology for a Safe Climate group based in Melbourne have a wealth of relevant resources on their portal site. A growing number of groups and organisations are also exploring the best way to support the health and wellbeing of children in the face of similar stressors – including the Australian Psychological Society and the Emerging Minds group. * Systems mapping. Discussion about future social work assessment approaches which incorporate physical environmental factors is also occurring about health sector and hospital based social work roles. For example, it has been suggested that existing patient/client protocols for psychosocial assessment, intervention, education, and discharge planning for vulnerable groups could be modified to include immediate physical environmental threats such as heat waves or mental health vulnerabilities associated with longer term physical environmental impacts. Such impacts are already occurring in the aftermath of natural disaster events intensified by global heating. Social work skills could also contribute to community climate change adaptation planning strategies to better protect future human health and wellbeing as global heating impacts increase. * Transformative opportunities within eco-social work approaches – for some recent discussions in the Australian context see Boetto (2018) and Bell (2019) GUEST AND CONTACT DETAILS: Guest: Beni McKenzie – E: AASW Queensland Branch firstname.lastname@example.org Householders’ Options to Protect the Environment (HOPE): T 07 4639 2135 E email@example.com W http://www.hopeaustralia.org.au/ F https://www.facebook.com/Householders.Options.to.Protect.the.Environment/ PRODUCTION: Produced for HOPE by Andrew Nicholson. E: firstname.lastname@example.org. This episode recorded in Toowoomba, S.E. Queensland, Australia on 27th/July/2021 Incidental Music: James Nicholson
Jun 4, 2021
OVERVIEW OF THE ECO SOCIAL WORK IN AUSTRALIA PODCAST SERIES
Welcome to this new podcast series ‘Eco-Social Work in Australia.’ The series will contain interviews with a diverse range of Australian social work practitioners: academics and researchers, social work trainers, professionals in mainstream practice and students in training. Each guest will give their personal perspectives on some of the still emerging ideas, practices, and principles of an exciting and much needed turn within contemporary, mainstream Australian social work practice. This body of work has been variously termed Green, environmental or eco-social work. The latter term is used extensively throughout this series. The initial collection of seven podcast episodes cover a diverse range of topics relevant to eco-social work practice and principles, including Australian training institution perspectives on eco-social work practice and student education, possible future eco-social work approaches within the health sector, and student experience of an eco-social work-oriented placement. A few of these episodes hold discussion with some of the leading thinkers and pioneers of the eco-social work turn in Australia such: Dr Heather Boetto, Dr Susan Bailey and Dr Peter Jones. Each podcast interview is loosely structured around four key questions put to guests: * For you, what is eco-social work practice in 2021? * How can eco-social work help tackle climate change and other ecological sustainability concerns in practical terms? * Why should the social work profession here be involved with such concerns? * What might the short to mid-term future (2- 10 years) hold for eco-social work interventions, as a body of practice within the Australian social work mainstream? A key objective of this podcast project is to help grow a conversation on eco-social work practice amongst listeners. The researcher and producer of the series, Andrew Nicholson, is a retired social worker and environmental educator. He hopes that the series can be expanded over time to provide an audio record of evolutionary trends in eco-social work practice adoption in Australia; and that this process, in turn, can make a small contribution to increasing the speed of uptake of eco-social work ideas and approaches amongst social work colleagues in their workplaces, professional groups, and in networking with other allied professionals. Andrew is also happy to receive feedback from interested listeners. The initial episodes in the series were supported by Householders' Options to Protect the Environment, HOPE Australia, a community, environmental capacity building organisation, based in Toowoomba, S.E. Queensland.
Jun 3, 2021
The grief response in understanding climate change denial and resistance.
GUEST: Dr Susan Bailey - senior lecturer in Social Work at Edith Cowan University, Western Australia. Sue has lived all her life on Whadjuk Noongar Country. Her curiosity, dangerous as a toddler but transformative as an adult, led her to a PhD in social work that consolidated her belief in the importance of social and ecological justice. For over 25 years Sue has worked in academia, government, non-government, and community sectors where she has developed her skills in working alongside people using participatory approaches. She has a reputation as a practitioner, educator and researcher who is deeply engaged, inclusive and authentic – she lives the values she espouses. Sue is a collaborative leader in bringing eco-social work to the mainstream of social work understanding in Australia. Her eco-social work practice focuses on addressing the wicked problems of ecosystem degradation, climate change and mass extinctions using a loss and grief framework. Her practice (community work, education, and research) supports individuals, families, organisations, and communities across the world to engage a change process to both mitigate and adapt to a climate changed world. At the heart of this work is a commitment to supporting humans to reconnect with their eco-systems that they rely upon to live. INTRODUCTION TO THIS EPISODE: My guest on this episode of the series, Dr Susan Bailey, undertook her original PhD research on social work responses to terrorism and the context of violence perpetrated on ‘the other’ and it was through that work that she first came to realise the importance of an ecological perspective in helping to understand global problems and associated social work approaches. Most recently Susan has extended such interest into teaching and researching on eco-social work approaches (ESW) using a grief and loss framing as a core part of her work. Sue believes that we live on an Earth that is changing in ways that will make it challenging for some if not all humans to live well into the future. The recent fires, floods, COVID-19 pandemic, and the changing climate, are all consequences of a Western philosophical positioning that situates humans outside of their eco-systems. A particular recent research interest of Dr Bailey has focussed on the way in which urgently needed, high level responses to global heating and climate change impacts are still too often being denied and resisted. Even as the climate emergency continues to unfold, there remains in some quarters what is known as a socially constructed silence on the subject. Susan and her colleagues believe that climate change denial and resistance can be theorised, in part, as a form of grief response to the damage and loss caused to the natural world by human impacts. In this episode she talks with me about how her work might be applied within future eco-social theorising and practice. INTERVIEW TALKING POINTS – with approximate time elapsed locations. * Guest self-introduction – 2.32 * Guest’s development of interest in eco-social work – 5.50 * For you, what is eco-social work in 2021? - 9.47 * Grief and loss framings – some models – 16.01 * Applications to social work climate change responses – 20.10 * Strategies for social workers to use traditional skill sets – 32.40 * Why should mainstream social work be involved with ecological issues? – 35.30 * Guest preferred future for ESW practice – 45.15 * Constraints acting to slow ESW adoption – 55.45 * Guest’s take home message/closing remarks – 59.00 RESOURCES AND REFERENCES MENTIONED IN THE DISCUSSION May be separate or incorporated into talking points listing depending on extent of detail. * Dr.Nicholas Gerrish, Grief Therapy and Support Bronfenbrenner’s ecological and bioecological theories * Biosphere thickness * Gribbin, J., & Gribbin, M. (2008). From Here to Infinity. Crawley: University of Western Australia Press. * Climate change and ecological grief – dual process approach * Stroebe, M., & Schut, H. (1999). The dual process model of coping with bereavement. Rationale and description. Death Studies, 23(3), 197-224. * Prefigurative politics and activism * Transition Towns movement – Transition Network * The Mushroom at the End 0f the World – book review * The Buy Nothing initiative * Interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches – e.g., the Environmental Humanities * Deep ecology, bioethics and the intrinsic right of nature to exist * The Good Grief Network * Naomi Godden – role of love in social work practice * Godden, N. J. (2017). The Love Ethic: A Radical Theory for Social Work Practice. Australian Social Work, 70(4), 405-416. doi:10.1080/0312407X.2017.1301506 * Louise Morely – social work and love of humanity * Morley, L., & Ife, J. (2002). Social work and a love of humanity. Australian Social Work, 55(1), 69-77. doi:https://doi.org/10.1046/j.0312-407X.2002.00008.x * Ellen Walker – soil microbes – ‘the world beneath our feet’ TEDx talk GUEST AND CONTACT DETAILS: Guest: Dr. Susan Bailey, Senior Lecturer, Social Work Program, School of Arts and Humanities, Edith Cowan University – South West Campus E: email@example.com Householders’ Options to Protect the Environment (HOPE): T: 07 4639 2135 E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: http://www.hopeaustralia.org.au/ F: https://www.facebook.com/Householders.Options.to.Protect.the.Environment/ Production: Produced for HOPE by Andrew Nicholson. E: email@example.com T: 0413 979 414. This episode recorded in Toowoomba, S.E. Queensland, Australia in April 2021 Artwork: Daniela Dal'Castel Incidental Music: James Nicholson
1 hr 4 min
Jun 3, 2021
Eco-social work from a professional training perspective
GUEST: Dr Peter Jones - Senior Lecturer in Social Work and Human Services at James Cook University in Townsville. INTRODUCTION TO THIS EPISODE: Green, environmental, or eco-social work (ESW) – is an exciting, still-evolving body of ideas and practice emerging within the social work mainstream, internationally. Within Australia, over the last ten years or so, a lot of the development of eco-social work theory, and examples of practice has emerged from within the social work training institutions in Australia. For instance, social work training courses at Charles Sturt, James Cook and Edith Cowan, and some other training institutions, have incorporated eco-social work ideas, skills and methods into the education offered to their students. A number of the guests on this podcast series are academics, researchers and social work trainers who work in those institutions. This episode of the eco-social work series focusses on the work and ideas of one of the pioneers of eco-social work theory development and application to student social work training in Australia, Dr. Peter Jones is a senior lecturer in social work and human services at James Cook University, based in Townsville, Queensland. Peter has over 25 years’ experience in the fields of social work education, where he maintains a particular focus on the application of transformative learning theory. His interests also include eco-social work practice, sustainable community development, international social work, and international student exchange. He has published scholarly work in all of those areas. INTERVIEW TALKING POINTS - approximate location in minutes elapsed. Guest self-introduction - 2.25 What is ESW practice all about in 2021? -7.40 SW student perceptions of the human-nature relationship and examples of student involvement with ESW in training - 12.44 Guest experience as a social work advocate on National climate change and health policy - 19.35 Why should mainstream social be concerned with environmental issues? - 25.41 Looking to the future of ESW – mid-term over next `10 years - 34.70 Over the shorter-term - the next 2-3 years - 40.52 Guest summing up and take-home messages - 51.16. Closing comments - 53.18 RESOURCES OR REFERENCES MENTIONED IN THE DISCUSSION * Social Workers for Climate Action , James Cook University * Ecological footprint calculator * School Strike 4 Climate initiative * Dr Heather Boetto paper - A Transformative Eco-Social Model: Challenging Modernist Assumptions in Social Work (2017) GUEST AND CONTACT DETAILS: Guest: Dr Peter Jones E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: https://research.jcu.edu.au/portfolio/peter.jones1/ Householders’ Options to Protect the Environment (HOPE): T 07 4639 2135 E email@example.com W http://www.hopeaustralia.org.au/ F https://www.facebook.com/Householders.Options.to.Protect.the.Environment/ Production: Produced for HOPE by Andrew Nicholson. E: firstname.lastname@example.org T: 0413979414. This episode recorded in Toowoomba, S.E. Queensland, Australia in April 2021. Artwork: Daniela Dal'Castel Incidental Music: James Nicholson
Jun 3, 2021
Personal activism and holistic continuity of practice within eco-social work.
GUEST: Trena - social worker, social work educator and serial activist, based in Boorloo (Perth) WA INTRODUCTION TO THIS EPISODE: A particularly important principle within eco-social work practice is the emphasis given to the concept of holism. Holism and holistic framing are important ideas also found in ecological, environmental and systems theory. Defined in one way, holism is concerned with understanding and appreciating the dynamic interconnection of the parts or elements which go to make up a system; and gaining knowledge of ways to support those systems, understood as the interactive sums of their parts. Within eco-social work, an example of a holistic framing might be observed in the reflections of a practitioner who consciously aligns their professional values and interventions with those in their personal life, or vice versa; or who is aware of the holistic continuity of their personal value system with their professional practice principles; or who seeks alignments, wherever possible, on their interventions across micro, meso and macro levels of work; for instance in the role of individual, employee or professional/citizen activist. My guest on this episode of the series, Trena, is a social worker of long experience who has achieved such a holistic integration of her personal values and professional practice orientation. She considers that all of her professional practice, her SW teaching, as well as her personal life history with its various roles, are unified by her longstanding concern for the marginalised in society; and the goal of improving their wellbeing through social justice advocacy. In our conversation, Trena reflects on some of these holistic personal and professional continuities in the context of recent social work concerns about uncontrolled climate change impacts and other sustainable development concerns (SDC), as well as the public uproar over recent evidence of continued, misogynistic disrespect for women and girls in Australian society in 2021. INTERVIEW TALKING POINTS - with approximate location in minutes elapsed. Guest self-introduction - 2.15 Climate Change interests in more detail - 7.48 Links between traditional and eco-social work principles - 11.30 What is eco-social work practice in 2021? - 15.15 Why should mainstream social work be concerned with climate change & SDC? - 25.19 How can ESW practice adoption be progressed in the future? - 28.06 What are some constraints to greater adoption? - 33.50 Guest summary and take-home message - 38.31 Closing remarks - 39.58 RESOURCES AND REFERENCES MENTIONED IN THE DISCUSSION May be separate or incorporated into talking points listing depending on extent of detail * Role of Community Gardens in social work engagement * Women’s March 4 Justice protest * Critique of neoliberal capitalism * The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development * The Buy Nothing project * Circular economy concepts such as ‘Doughnut Economics’ * Noongar First Nations language and culture – online courses GUEST AND CONTACT DETAILS: Guest: Trena Householders’ Options to Protect the Environment (HOPE): T 07 4639 2135 E email@example.com W http://www.hopeaustralia.org.au/ F https://www.facebook.com/Householders.Options.to.Protect.the.Environment/ Production: Produced for HOPE by Andrew Nicholson. E: firstname.lastname@example.org T: 0413979414 This episode recorded in Toowoomba, S.E. Queensland, Australia in March 2021 Artwork: Daniela Dal'Castel Incidental Music: James Nicholson
Jun 3, 2021
Positioning eco-social work: exploring compatibilities with Doughnut Economics
GUEST: Louise Whitaker – coordinator of the Bachelor of Social Work and Bachelor of Community Welfare courses at Southern Cross University, NSW. Prior to joining academia, Louise managed programs promoting access to legal services and practiced in mental health. Her research is practice based, addressing critical reflection and social inclusion. Introduction to this episode: One definition of environmental or eco-social work (ESW) is that it is an approach which ‘seeks to create a society in which ecology and social justice are valued and humans live in harmony with ecosystems’ (Ramsay & Boddy, 2017). It is said that one way that social work practice can achieve these objectives is to support ecologically transformative social change. Amongst other things, such change would promote an ecologically centred understanding of the world and support greatly reduced environmental degradation. Eco-social work methods and frameworks would also seek to incorporate, wherever possible, a valuation of the natural environment, spirituality, and indigenous cultural knowledge into all aspects practice. Equally, the longstanding ‘person in (social) environment’ metaphor at the heart of traditional social work practice has come under increasing scrutiny as one factor in the slow pace of adoption of eco-social work approaches. One increasingly prevalent view is that an outmoded practice focus on purely social environment influences connected to client challenges needs to be complimented by an understanding of physical environment influences and impacts, such as those linked to uncontrolled climate change. These influences are becoming increasingly relevant to client interventions. My guest on this podcast episode, Louise Whittaker, is interested in exploring a novel economic frame within which an expanded person in environment perspective might be helpfully located. She has been following the work of renowned British economist Kate Raworth and her ecological economics model of ‘Doughnut Economics’. In our discussion, Louise talks about the compatibility of Doughnut Economic ideas with eco-social work practice and sustainable development (SD); and how this economic model could provide a useful, future research and professional dialogue framing to aid the further mainstream adoption of eco-social work approaches. INTERVIEW TALKING – approximate time elapsed location in minutes. * Guest self-introduction - 2.13 * Guest’s personal story on early SD interests – 4.31 * The challenge of linking personal and professional approaches to SD -5.58 * Traditional v Doughnut Economics concepts– seven principles of the latter model -11.15 * Compatibility of Doughnut principles with eco-social work ideas -20.54 * How might the SW profession start a conversation around these ideas? – 25.3 * Future research links between ESW and sustainable economics ideas? – 29.03 * Why should mainstream SW engage with such ideas? – 32.18 * Guest vision for a preferred future for increased ESW adoption – 37.17 * Guest summary of messages and themes from discussion – 43.05 RESOURCES AND REFERENCES MENTIONED IN THE DISCUSSION May be separate or incorporated into talking points listing depending on extent of detail. * Kate Raworth – exploring Doughnut Economics portal site with a range of resources. * The Doughnut Economics Action Lab – another portal site explaining model applications. * Ramsay and Boddy (2017) Paper - Environmental Social Work: A Concept Analysis * Social Work Action Network (SWAN) UK * Resilient Byron initiative * Nomadland film (2020) GUEST AND CONTACT DETAILS: Guest: Louise Whittaker, Southern Cross University. Householders’ Options to Protect the Environment (HOPE): T 07 4639 2135 E email@example.com W http://www.hopeaustralia.org.au/ F https://www.facebook.com/Householders.Options.to.Protect.the.Environment/ Production: Produced for HOPE by Andrew Nicholson. E: firstname.lastname@example.org T: 0413979414 This episode recorded in Toowoomba, S.E. Queensland, Australia in March 2021 Artwork: Daniela Dal'Castel Incidental Music: James Nicholson
Jun 2, 2021
A student training placement experience of eco-social work practice
GUEST: Catrina Lawrence, first year social work student. At time of interview Catrina was studying at University of Southern Cross, NSW. She completed a 400-hour eco-social work oriented placement in late 2020. Introduction to this episode: Within Australia over the last few years, the momentum to develop eco-social work theory and practical interventions has begun to emerge in a number of fields, including the pre-qualification training of social work students; both via teaching within academic institutions and on placement. We have started to see eco-social work oriented student placements being implemented, for instance, in hospital and community, not-for-profit organisational settings. My guest on this episode of the Eco-Social Work in Australia series, Catrina Lawrence, was a social work student who completed just such a novel, 400-hour placement with an environmental capacity building, not for profit community organisation in S.E. Queensland, in late 2020. We talk about Catrina’s experience of the placement work, how she came to make sense of the eco-social work role, and, as a student in training, what she thought was the particular value of undertaking such a placement. MAIN INTERVIEW TALKING POINTS - with approximate time elapsed location in minutes. * Guest self-introduction – 2.50 * What did the guest make of the eco-social orientation of her placement? – 6.02 * Placement organisation details and natural space restoration – 7.00 * Guest’s brief definition of eco-social work principles – 8.20 * Ecological restoration and community gardens work on placement – 10.00 * What was helpful/less helpful in the placement? – 14.48 * A potential social work support role with local, pro-environmental advocacy groups -17.44 * Guest’s perception of the benefits of her placement – 23.45 * What more could be done to increase mainstream adoption of ESW – 26.10 . * Closing comments – 28.30 RESOURCES AND REFERENCES MENTIONED IN THE DISCUSSION * Australian Association of Social Workers CPD course on Social Workers for Climate Action (2020) * Darling Downs Environment Council * Oakey Coal Action Alliance * Exo-anxiety and psychoterratic effects on human health. * Redwood Park/ Friends of Escarpment Parks * Environmental protections and regulatory capture GUEST AND CONTACT DETAILS: Guest: Catrina Lawrence Householders’ Options to Protect the Environment (HOPE): T 07 4639 2135 E email@example.com W http://www.hopeaustralia.org.au/ F https://www.facebook.com/Householders.Options.to.Protect.the.Environment/ Production: Produced for HOPE by Andrew Nicholson E: firstname.lastname@example.org M: 0413979414. This episode recorded in Toowoomba, S.E. Queensland, Australia February 2021 Artwork: Daniela Dal'Castel Incidental Music: James Nicholson
Jun 2, 2021
Eco-social work in the health sector - and ‘People as Place’ as a new core social work metaphor
GUEST: Dr. Ros Darracott - senior social work practitioner, trainer and researcher Ros has nearly 30 years’ experience of providing services in rural, remote, and regional areas. In recent years, she has been particularly interested in exploring how social workers in the health sector can address climate disruption and its impacts on public health. Introduction to this episode: Within Australia over the last few years, the momentum to develop eco-social work (ESW) theory and on the ground, practice has begun to emerge, prominently, within the pre-qualification training of social work students, both within the academic institutions and on placement. Eco-social work ideas have also begun to gain ground in some social work settings within the health care sector. There is a growing realisation within the sector of the risk of future, serious, public health impacts of uncontrolled climate change on patients and hospital social work clients, and an increasing interest in how hospital-based social work practice could respond to that threat. My guest on this episode of the Eco-Social Work in Australia series, Dr Ros Darracott, talks about how her growing interest in eco-social work ideas and how they have influenced her work and thinking in both health interventions and student training. Ros also talks about the influence of the social work concept of ‘People as Place’ on her thinking about eco-social work practice; and its potential to transform the existing, outmoded ‘person in social environment’ metaphor within mainstream social work. INTERVIEW TALKING POINTS – approximate location in minutes elapsed within the audio file. * Guest self-introduction - 2.04 * Definition of eco-social work practice in 2021 – 4.35 * The work of Prof Kim Zapf on people as place – 14.13 * The concept of living well in place – 19.28. * Implications for social work in the health sector – 23.26 * Restraining influences slowing adoption of ESW – 28.14 * Guest vision for future ESW practice – 31.05 * Why should the social work mainstream adopt ESW – 34.45? * Guest summary of arguments and take-home message – 37.38 RESOURCES OR REFERENCES MENTIONED IN THE DISCUSSION * Work of Professor Kim Zapf * Work of Prof Lena Dominelli * Work of Prof Fred Besthorn * Work of Prof John Coates * Work of Prof Mel Gray GUEST AND CONTACT DETAILS: Guest: Dr. Ros Darracott Householders’ Options to Protect the Environment (HOPE): T 07 4639 2135 E email@example.com W http://www.hopeaustralia.org.au/ F https://www.facebook.com/Householders.Options.to.Protect.the.Environment/ Production: Produced for HOPE by Andrew Nicholson E: firstname.lastname@example.org M: 0413979414. This episode recorded in Toowoomba, S.E. Queensland, Australia in March 2021 Artwork: Daniela Dal'Castel Incidental Music: James Nicholson
Jun 2, 2021
Eco-social work: a perspective from an Australian training institution.
GUEST: Dr. Heather Boetto, Senior Lecturer in Social Work and Human Services at Charles Sturt University. Introduction to this episode: Green or eco-social work is an exciting and still-evolving body of ideas and practice within the social work mainstream. Within Australia over the last ten years or so a lot of the development of Green or eco-social work theory, and on the ground practice, has emerged from within the social work training institutions. For instance, social work training courses at Charles Sturt, James Cook and Edith Cowan Universities, and some other training institutions, have incorporated eco-social work ideas, skills and methods in the educational content offered to their students. This episode of the Eco-Social Work in Australia series focusses on the work and ideas of one of the pioneers in that social work academic and training setting, Dr. Heather Boetto, from Charles Sturt University in New South Wales. Heather worked as a social work practitioner for over 10 years in various fields before embarking on a career in academia. She now teaches in social work, is passionate about supporting students through their studies, and is one of the leading thinkers on eco-social work practice in this country today. SOME DISCUSSION TALKING POINTS – with approximate time elapsed position in minutes. * Heather’s background and development of interest in eco-social work practice - 1.58 * Defining Green or eco-social work (ESW) practice - 4.11 * The relevance of ESW practice to social work for climate change action - 6.56 * Why should the social work profession be involved with the climate change threat? - 9.26 * How can social workers respond to climate change problems in practical terms? - 12.22 * Some trends in ESW practice adoption - and some challenges -17.00 * The influence that indigenous knowledges can have on ESW- 20.44. * The influences that the COVID-19 pandemic may exert on ESW - 23.01 * Heather’s vision for possible eco-social work interventions on climate change and other sustainable development challenges – across the mid to short term future -25.27 * Closing remarks and thanks to guest -30.49 RESOURCES AND REFERENCES RELATED TO THE DISCUSSION Some selected research work by Heather Boetto Boetto, H. (2017). A transformative eco-social model: Challenging modernist assumptions in social work. British Journal of Social Work, 47(1), 48-67. Bowles, W., Boetto, H., Jones, P., & McKinnon, J. (2018). Is social work really greening? Exploring the place of sustainability and environment in social work codes of ethics. International Social Work, 61(4), 503-517. Boetto, H. (2019). Advancing transformative eco-social change: Shifting from modernist to holistic foundations. Australian Social Work, 72(2), 139-151. * Charles Sturt University social work course elective subjects which deal with climate change or sustainability related issues * Bachelor of Social Work https://study.csu.edu.au/courses/humanities-social-sciences/bachelor-social-work * Related subjects: Transforming human services. * Master of Leadership in Human Services (Ecological and Social Change) https://study.csu.edu.au/courses/humanities-social-sciences/master-human-service * Related subjects: Transforming Human Services, Building Sustainable Communities, and Disaster Recovery in Human Services GUEST AND CONTACT DETAILS: Guest: Dr. Heather Boetto E: email@example.com Householders’ Options to Protect the Environment (HOPE Australia): T 07 4639 2135 E firstname.lastname@example.org W http://www.hopeaustralia.org.au/ F https://www.facebook.com/Householders.Options.to.Protect.the.Environment/ Production: Produced for HOPE Australia by Andrew Nicholson E: email@example.com This episode recorded in Toowoomba, S.E. Queensland, Australia in February 2021. Artwork: Daniela Dal'Castel Incidental Music: James Nicholson