De Novo ‘16
International Conference & Students’ Meet

Social Work and Health: Inclusive Practice, Research and Education

November 23-26, DiST campus, Kerala, India

Conference Themes

The De Novo ’16 Conference “Social Work and Health: Inclusive Practice, Research and Education” is intended to allow discussion and consideration of a wide range of issues relating to Social Work in the area of Health. Conference organisers understand ‘health’ in its broadest sense as it is defined by the World Health Organisation (2003): “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”. This intentionally broad definition merges a diverse range of activities and concepts. These include social work practice, research and education dealing explicitly with health-related issues or which occur in clearly identified health settings, but also recognises social work’s connections with a range of issues, practices and approaches that relate to human wellbeing in a broader and more holistic sense. Implicit in such an expansive exploration of social work and health are opportunities for the development of knowledge and skills that enhance social work practice, and the provision of opportunities to compare, contrast and adapt, as appropriate, social work and welfare policies and practices in and from diverse international contexts.

The De Novo ’16 conference offers an opportunity to engage with these areas, share accounts of innovative practice and ideas, and connect with others working in similar areas and addressing similar issues with reference to the today’s context as well as foreseen future challenges and resolutions. It also provides a unique opportunity to engage in inter-cultural learning and exchange, gaining insights into the ways in which Indian social workers and organisations are addressing health related issues. In particular the conference will welcome papers/presentations that address the following broad themes:

Social Work Practice in Health Settings and with Health Related Issues

Contributions addressing this theme will be varied and diverse but particular attention will be given to contributions that document and discuss direct practice with health issues and in health settings. This may include, but will not be limited to, hospital social work; preventative and public health projects; practice in mental health; work in NGOs and government agencies concerned with health; community development with a health focus; health education projects etc.

Research Relating to Social Work in Health Settings and/or with Health Related Issues

Submissions addressing this theme will present examples of research with a particular focus on, or relevance to, social work and health. This may include studies into the social impact of particular health issues but may also include research which seeks to analyse health policies; evaluate health projects or particular practice approaches; research that presents new and innovative practice approaches; or other research which examines connections between social work and human wellbeing.

Education for Social Work in Health Settings and with Health Related Issues

The concept of Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship is a powerful drive and a scaling force for social change that needs to be inculcated to Social Workers. This conference is designed specially to bring out the creativity and innovativeness of the students – ‘the young Social Scientists’ for discovering and demonstrating solutions & remedies. Also the students can envision a future social misery and sovereign remedy for social awareness.