Williams, Lincoln O.; Maxwell, John A.; Ring, Karen; Cambridge, Innette
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Social Welfare Training Centre
Social work education in the West Indies with special reference to the programmes of the University of the West Indies
Social Work Education
Date of Publication
Social Work Education has been offered in the West Indies at a professional certificate level since 1961. Programmes exit within mulit-disciplinary departments of academic institutions in six Caribbean countries. Given limited staff resources, they benefit from the availability of instruction in related subject areas but lack the autonomy to create fully integrated social work curricula. Graduates are prepared to function in post-colonial (post slavery) West Indian society characterized by increasingly democratized patterns of social organization and indicators of modernization but with a serious catalogue of contextual, structural and human behavioural problems which impact the economic social and cultural lifestyles of the people. While there have been some positive developments, the major constraining factors for regional social work education are: limited resources which deny programme autonomy, limited staffing and subject offerings; an unsatisfactory dependence on metropolitian social work education models; and an insufficient sensitivity to bring to the challenge of producing indigenous theory and culturally appropriate practice models. Itemizes challenges to be addressed.....