Response to a strengths-based approach in social work in schools: An Indian school in Dubai

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Pulla, Venkat and Kay, Amanda. (2017) Response to a strengths-based approach in social work in schools: An Indian school in Dubai. International Social Work. 60(6), pp. 1418 - 1432. https://doi.org/10.1177/0020872815617996
AuthorsPulla, Venkat and Kay, Amanda
Abstract

Strengths-based approaches in social work have been introduced in the West in a number of social work settings including schools. As part of a research study, the authors investigated the overall reception of students, parents and school counsellors to a strengths-based approach in one-to-one counselling in a school setting. We have utilised a grounded theory approach, allowing the data to drive the research process and the findings to naturally emerge. As a result, the outcomes that unfolded at various stages in our research made us unpack the traditional core expectations of school social work, gaining an insight into the role and expectations of social work roles in a predominantly alien working population living in an Arab country. While the school social work literature is predominantly Western, school social work and its counselling component sit well within the cultures that we grappled with. Despite, this, we have cautiously considered the context of social work and the impacts of the application of strengths-based principles in non-Western environments. Implications for improving student engagement within schools; scope of social work counselling in schools and further research that explores social work methodologies in culturally diverse contexts along with the limitations of this study are discussed in this article.

Keywordscultural sensitivity; globalisation; international social work; qualitative research; school social work; strengths-based
Year2017
JournalInternational Social Work
Journal citation60 (6), pp. 1418 - 1432
PublisherSage Publications Ltd.
ISSN0020-8728
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/0020872815617996
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85032741355
Page range1418 - 1432
Research GroupSchool of Allied Health
Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
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