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Emerging Challenges for Social Development

And Human Services Practice in the Asia Pacific Region


17-19 June 2016 Bali, Indonesia

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Maharashtra Association of Social Work Educators (MASWE) India was established in 1993 with   the sole purposes of quality assurance and promoting excellence in Social Work Education and Practice. For the last two decades and more MASWE has been creatively responding to the growing and continuing professional education needs of the teaching staff in the Bachelors and masters and doctoral programmes of our colleges and university departments. MASWE endeavorus to reach the educators through the medium of conferences, seminars and   workshops.  Its leadership and its membership is often consulted on policy issues and continues to offer its thinking  for the overall betterment o social development and social work serves in the state of Maharashtra. Additionally MASWE serves as a platform to highlight and resolve various issues of Teaching & Non-teaching staff of Social Work Institutions through democratic means. 

As a forum of professional educators it is perceived as a model of practice in social actions for changes that are, deliberated and actioned in a professional manner and within the conscious values of social work. 

Amabadas Mohite, 2016


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Introduction: There are diverse challenges in social al development and human service practice including social work training in the Asia-Pacific region, just as there are many innovative and creative  responses in human services practices within the region.  Social science disciplines such as sociology, psychology, anthropology, social work, allied health and public health, and education appear to be constantly challenged with the speed of change and the obvious need to respond.

While due concern is raised at the proliferation of western education and  models of pedagogy and training adopted within the region, some innovation seems to  also emerge from within the region  amidst a war cry about indigenous educators and practitioners. Academic and practice action has varied and substantial efforts that demonstrates innovation and creativity in the direction of local methods.  The socio-political milieu of many nations within this region appears to reel in paucity of resources in welfare and societal development, expenditures and are advancing minimalistic approaches to deal with disadvantage and social exclusion of their vulnerable sections of populations.  Consequently, all professional and academics in social development and humans services and social work seems to have a much larger agenda of disenfranchised citizens to deal with sans resources.

The Maharashtra Association of Social Work Educators in India MASWE a regional association is pioneering a first of its kind dialogue in strengthening the possible international links within the Asia pacific region in partnership with the Brisbane Institute of Strengths Based Practice Australia.

The conference expects fruitful conversations between educators and practitioners across the globe with view to learn about the creative and innovative solutions that social workers are finding to meet the demands for social work within the region. Despite the diversity of social science teaching and social work and human services professionals in Asia and the Pacific, the educators and practitioners seem to show evidence for a robust and vibrant future as demonstrated by the enthusiasm and commitment from the field they represent.  We see many gaps that international cooperation can bridge. For example setting up research orientation and creating opportunities for the young academics to capacitate themselves as social work educators within Asia.  This we believe is an excellent opportunity for the astute western academics to assist. It also presents great chance to for the western academics to indulge in reverse learning to see where the colonisation has led to and what possibly could be done to close the gap.  Most schools of social work in South and South East Asia seem concerned about human rights but apparently don’t do them well in  in their teaching It  is left to individual social work student or the exceptional academic with sufficient motivation, passion or circumstances to pick up a rights issue and run with it. South Asian human rights education seems to be in need of building critical awareness and consciousness in the areas of ethics, social justice, and macro-education within the practice context of people with disabilities, mental health and child protection and the areas of the frail aged., gender, LGBT, transgender, and a score of other issues  including multiculturalism .


Conference Committee


Coordinator Dr Keshav Walke

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Conference Joint Conveners 

Mr. Ambadas Mohite, College of Social Work, Tapovan Road ,Amravati 444602

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Dr. John A. Menachery, MSS Institute of Social Work, , Nagpur, India

Organizing Secretary- Dr Deepak M Walokar, Karve Institute of Social Work, Nagpur, India

International Advisory Committee

Amanda  Kay, Australian National University

Dr. Richard Hill, The Mindscience Institute, Gordon NSW, Australia

Dr. Tejaswini Patil Vishwanath, Federation University Ballarat, Australia

Dr. Tulshi Kumar Das, Dept of Social Work, Shahjalal University of Science & Technology, Sylhet, Bangladesh

Dr Vishanthie Sevapaul, Professor Zayed University, UAE

Dr Kalpana Goel, University of South Australia

Director of the Conference: Dr. Venkat Pulla, Australian Catholic University, Queensland, Australia


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Themes of the Conference

  Current crisis and response 

Social political, economic and ecological – crisis throwing large populations within the region into dependence on social safeguards, protection by state non state, which seem to dwindle. India’s example right now within the region. (Case studies) 

 Climate changes, displaced people, refugees

Climate changes, orphaned kids , street children, and the frail aged, mental health, disabilities, amongst others, demand human services  attention. (Case studies, conceptual papers, and  regional research if any)

  State and NGO / CSR response and policy 

Emerging directions  and innovative programmes  that  challenges of equity and development with social justice. Informal sector (Case studies, narratives, research if any)

  Innovation and creativity in social work

What innovation is occurring in the region? How are people's struggles responded by civil society? How much social work is involved in building allies so that it can assist the disenfranchised? Case studies, research notes and papers based on best practices, theoretical and critical perspectives of social work and human services practices, relating to working with individuals groups and communities and organisations.

  Multiculturalism and response

Displaced people, refugees, migrants , ethnicity  and growing tensions; social science and social work response

Categories of papers and presentations:

Papers can be written and presented by individual or a group of authors.  If all authors are attending, they could decide a presentation strategy for their paper within the allocated time.

 1. First International Presentation Category

In this category, informative papers that explain the current situation of social work realities or possibilities of innovation are brought in. You can use audio, video, power point presentations, or Innovatively weave conversations, songs, theatre art, mime and poetry. This stream carries 5 to 15 minutes presentations that bring your desires and ideas to flame.

2. Refereed Stream– Section

This is a peer refereed stream of oral presentations with a maximum of a  12 Power Point  slides and could include media or papers that are crisp and may have a paper that is 3000 words of text and references.

Certificates are awarded for the best presentations. This category also carries prizes and mementos.

Posters– Section

 This is the most popular section . Allows free flow of ideas and you participants can present up to three posters particularly if they are doing as joint presentations. You can bring Posters on a disposable stand from your own country with you and take it back with you after presentation. We will notify the minimal content that we would like to see on the conference. Such as logo, masthead etc. 

General Rules

All those who are submitting abstracts must clearly state the category into which they are being submitted for poster or for consideration as an oral presentation. This conference is utilizing subject experts in the particular fields to review your abstracts. The Conference Programme Committee reserves the right to advise your presentation into any category (Paper to be converted into a Poster or Poster to be converted into a paper due to volume of presentations in a particular section)

Length of Abstracts for Posters and Papers

Abstracts must only be 350 words, line spacing 1.5, Arial font (12 size) for Posters or oral presentations of 10, 20 and 30 Minute presentations. The Conference Programme Committee will make that decision with you as to what would be the best way of projecting your idea to your colleagues and peers in the program.

Please send jpeg photo and 100 words about yourself with email address.

Please use APA 6 for referencing. Prepare your references with the use of

Abstracts and papers should be submitted

Dr Keshav Walke, Matru Sewa Sangh

Institute of Social Work, Nagpur


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by 5 May 2016

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