The Evolution of Social Work, Social Service Development, & Future Implications for Strategic Development Brief Overview; Demographics of Greece - Population: 10,722,816 (July 2008 est.) - Religions Practiced: Christian; Greek Orthodox (majority) - Natural Resources: lignite, petroleum, iron ore, bauxite, lead, zinc, nickel, magnesite, marble, salt, hydropower potential - Agricultural Resources: wheat, corn, barley, sugar beets, olives, tomatoes, wine, tobacco, potatoes; beef, dairy products -Languages spoken: Greek & English A Look Back: Historical Development of Social Work Education Training Programs 1937- First training program commenced 1945-75- Pierce College; School of Social Welfare Program was offered to women only 1948-1975- YWCA provides programs for Social Welfare studies This program was also only offered to women Later functioned as the Foundation of the Development of Social Work 1953-1957- Panteio University offers postgrad studies in Social Welfare Program was offered to both women and men 1954-1963- Royal Nation Foundation forms School of Social Work Program was offered to women only In 1957 Royal Nation Foundation took over Panteio Univ. Contd. 1957-1975- School of Deaconesses; Orthodox Greek Church 1960—1967- School of Social Deaconesses; Theology Dept. of Salonika Univ. 1960-1975-School of Social Work; Society for the Protection of Children 1973- Higher School of Social Work; Centers of Higher Technological & Professional Education (CHTPE) 1983- Higher School of Social Work; renamed Institutes of Technological Education (ITE) 1996- Department of Social Administration developed; Demokritus Univ. Offers Social Administration & Policy and Social Work courses Policy Development & Social Work: An Abbreviated Timeline 1959- Legislative Decree- Institution of Social Work 1962- Royal Decree- Education of Social Work 1963- Royal Decree- Amend. Decree to education of Social Work 1964- Royal Decree- Recognition of the Schools of Social Welfare 1970 Royal Decree- Supp. To 1963 Decree on education of Social Work Leg. Decree- Establishment of (CHTPE) 1974 Leg. Decree concerning the estab. of prototypical centers for practical experience in Higher Schools of Social Work Supplemental to Decrees of 1959 & 1962 Legal framework developed for definition of social work Contd. 1977 Ministerial Decision-Salaries of Social Work trainees in HSSW during their practicum Leg. Decree-Org. of middle & higher technical & professional education 1989- Presidential Decree defining professional rights of social workers 1992- Presidential Decree on liscensing framework, regulations, and various obligations ordained in line with EU regulations Service in Action: Site Visits in Greece Translation: “ Because we are together, we are strong” This postcard was found outside of a refugee center that we visited. This card was most appropriate in describing the sentiment and mission of the center. Senior Day Center At this center Senior citizens come to enjoy themselves, work on collaborative projects, and develop cooperative projects to support the center as well. This visit was very inspiring. As a social worker, I learned the value of life through their eyes and recognized that practitioners in the field of gerontology play a vital role in the lives of the aging. Here the members of the center entertain us with music and dance on before a very delicious traditional Greek meal. Senior Day Center The Society’s Open Door Centre This non-profit organization was founded in 1972 to foster the positive social welfare development of children with cerebral palsy. At the Open Door Centre the following services include (but not limited to) the following: -Youth day care center -- Kindergarten, primary, and recreational programs -- Workshops & vocational training programs -- Various psychosocial, physical, and occupational therapy services Here the children are welcoming us by putting on a theatrical production. The Society’s Open Door Centre Future Implications for Strategic Development in Social Welfare Policies, Education, & Practice The Social Work profession and educational system in Greece has progressed significantly. However, there is still much room for improvement. By encouraging study abroad programs, educational policy development, and promoting social work as a profession, social service programs in Greece can increase to meet the social demands that are present within the country. References http://www.mazigiatopaidi.gr/PDF-English/Celebral.pdf https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world- factbook/print/gr.html Dedoussi, A., Georgoussi, E., Gregory, S., Kyriopolous, J., (2004). Social Workers in Greece: Who They are and Where They Work. International Social Work, 47(2), 259-274.
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