Article

When the mountains move: A Chinese post-disaster psychosocial social work model

Citation

Sim T & Dominelli L (2017) When the mountains move: A Chinese post-disaster psychosocial social work model. Qualitative Social Work, 16 (5), p. 594–611. https://doi.org/10.1177/1473325016637912

Abstract
The 2008 Wenchuan earthquake provided an opportunity to develop a Chinese psy-chosocial social work model in post-disaster contexts using constant feedback from service users including school children, their parents and teachers for more than seven years. Through critical reflection based on the practice wisdom acquired during that time, discussion with workers and service user feedback, this paper delineates a model which emphasises a step-by-step approach for social workers and mental health practitioners to promote local participation; culturally relevant ways of being, knowing and coping; self-help; mutual help; inter/transdisciplinary approaches among stakeholders; and ethical behaviour. This model may resonate with post-disaster situations within China and overseas.

Keywords
Post-disaster interventions; psychosocial social work; practice wisdom; China; social work; culturally relevant practice

Journal
Qualitative Social Work: Volume 16, Issue 5

StatusPublished
FundersUniversity of Durham
Publication date30/09/2017
Publication date online04/04/2016
Date accepted by journal30/03/2016
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/30180
ISSN1473-3250
eISSN1741-3117