Children and Families Affected by Armed Conflicts in Africa

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Children and Families Affected by Armed Conflicts in Africa

Implications and Strategies for Helping Professionals in the United States

By: Joanne Corbin, PhD, MSS, BA

Publication date: 2012
ISBN: 978-0-87101-482-5

Children and Families Affected by Armed Conflicts in Africa: Implications and Strategies for Helping Professionals in the United States aims to enhance the awareness and knowledge of helping professionals who work with children and families who have experienced armed conflict in Africa. It draws on the experiences of working practitioners with populations affected by armed conflicts, specifically in Uganda and Rwanda.

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Children and Families Affected by Armed Conflicts in Africa: Implications and Strategies for Helping Professionals in the United States aims to enhance the awareness and knowledge of helping professionals who work with children and families who have experienced armed conflict in Africa. It draws on the experiences of working practitioners with populations affected by armed conflicts, specifically in Uganda and Rwanda.

In this book, you will hear from African practitioners discussing the political, economic, cultural, social, and spiritual elements of life that have been affected by war. It is timely, in that an increasing number of people have immigrated from Africa since the early 1900s as a result of the impact of armed conflict on their lives and families.

This book is unique in that it connects the issues of children who have been exposed to armed conflicts in several African contexts to the U.S. practice arena, reflecting on the interventions being used in Africa and their applicability in this country. The content is relevant for those agencies and public education systems providing services to immigrant and refugee populations from Africa.

Pages: 240
Language: English
Publisher: NASW PRESS
Edition: 1
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Joanne Corbin, PhD, MSS, BA

Joanne Corbin, PhD, MSS, BA, is associate professor and chair of the research sequence at Smith College School for Social Work (SSW), in Northampton, MA. Dr. Corbin’s current research focuses on children and families involved in armed conflict in northern Uganda. She has conducted research on the reintegration experiences of former child soldiers in northern Uganda and on the resettlement of internally displaced populations in northern Uganda. An outgrowth of this research was the development of a training-of-trainers program with service providers in northern Uganda addressing the psychosocial needs of individuals and families affected by armed conflict. Dr. Corbin developed a social work internship program in northern Uganda for students from Smith College School for Social Work, and she has written about the values conflicts that U.S.-based social workers experience in international settings. She has also explored global social work issues in South Africa, Tanzania, and Canada. In 2010, Dr. Corbin was appointed to the Council on Social Work Education’s Council for Global Learning, Research and Practice, which seeks to develop social workers who are competent in international practice. Dr. Corbin is a clinical social worker and is trained in family therapy.