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date: 02 March 2021

International Social Work: Educationlocked

  • M. C. Terry HokenstadM. C. Terry HokenstadTerry Hokenstad is a Distinguished Professor at Case Western Reserve University and holds the title of Ralph S. and Dorothy P. Schmitt Professor in the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. He has given special attention to the internationalization of social work and the challenges of an aging world in a career spanning more than four decades. He has uniquely combined these two areas of expertise in his teaching and writing, as well as in his leadership roles at the Council on Social Work Education and the International Association of Schools of Social Work. He is active at the United Nations and is a member of the U.N Non-Governmental Organization Committee on Ageing. Terry Hokenstad has authored and edited numerous books, articles, chapters, and monographs in the fields of comparative social welfare, care of older people, and social work practice and education. In addition, he has served as an Editor-in-Chief of International Social Work and is a member of the editorial board for a number of other scholarly journals.


Social work education's development and focus around the world reflects the increasing reality of global interdependence in the initial decade of the 21st century. A number of countries have recently initiated programs of education for social workers, and there are an increasing number of international exchange programs for students and faculty. There continues to be considerable diversity in the focus and structure of educational programs across nations, but a recently developed set of Global Standards for Social Work Education and Training provides a common framework that can be voluntarily applied and adapted to local conditions.

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