Holistic Engagement: Transformative Social Work Education in the 21st Century

Hardcover | January 14, 2016

EditorLoretta Pyles, Gwendolyn Adam

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This text offers innovation and a call to action for educators - engage fully to engage students fully. With stories from the classroom, Holistic Engagement invites and challenges social work, human services and counseling educators to seek meaning in their methods and content in the processesof teaching. Empirically grounded, the authors propose a new model for advancing pedagogy to draw from many ways of knowing and wisdom across traditions. Through rich analysis of globalization, higher education and the social work profession, as well as first person accounts, they co-create a storyof holistic pedagogies being employed across the globe. Aiming toward transformative social work practice, the authors discuss the ways that they engage with the whole person (body, mind, heart, culture and spirit) and reveal how such participatory pedagogies strengthen presence, attunement, empathy, professional self-care and the integrativecapabilities of social work students and human service professionals. Drawing from a wide range of literature and traditions, from Freire's critical pedagogy to the neuroscience of mindfulness, these engaging essays have much to offer both seasoned and new social work educators, while creating anintegrative and realistic conceptual home for them. The authors discuss the uses of theatre, the arts, ritual, mindfulness, critical dialogue, yoga and many other methods that upend the traditional social work classroom. These approaches are used at the undergraduate and graduate levels in a range of courses, including policy, theory and practice.The auto-ethnographical nature of many of the essays will invite educators to reflect on their own pedagogies as they consider the rewards and risks of going beyond the cognitive and engaging the whole person.

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This text offers innovation and a call to action for educators - engage fully to engage students fully. With stories from the classroom, Holistic Engagement invites and challenges social work, human services and counseling educators to seek meaning in their methods and content in the processesof teaching. Empirically grounded, the auth...

Loretta Pyles, PhD, MA, is Associate Professor in the School of Social Welfare at the State University of New York at Albany. She is an engaged scholar concerned with transformative social change and holistic social work practice and pedagogy. Her scholarship has centered on the ways that individuals, organizations and communities resi...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:312 pages, 9.29 × 6.42 × 0.91 inPublished:January 14, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Part I: Theoretical and Empirical Foundations of Holistic Engagement1. Loretta Pyles and Gwendolyn J. Adam: Educating Transformative Social Workers: The Case for Holistic Pedagogies2. Gwendolyn J. Adam and Loretta Pyles: A New Model for Holistic Engagement: A Foundation for Social Work PedagogiesPart II: Dialogue, Participation and Critical Pedagogy3. Terry Mizrahi, Esperanza Martell, Kate Cavanagh, and Allison Weingarten: Learning in Community: A Transformative Healing Educational Model for Teaching Community Organizing4. Steve Burghardt: "By the End of The Term, You Will Have Gained Power in the Classroom and I Will Have Lost None:" The Pedagogical Value of Discomfort and Vulnerability in the Teaching of Community Practice5. Benjamin Shepard: Conversation and Dialogue in Social Work Education6. Mette Christiansen: A Deliberate Pedagogy: Introducing the Hidden Curriculum, Social Pedagogy and the Common ThirdPart III: Theater, Arts and the Human Spirit7. Phil Dybicz: Mimesis: A Theory for Holistic Engagement8. Uta Walter: Improvisation: A Practice for Praxis9. Juliana Svistova, Lara Bowen, and Meera Bhat: Teaching to the Holistic Self: A Case Study of a Critical Social Work ClassroomPart IV: Mindfulness and Integrative Social Work10. David Pettie: There Is A Path. You Are On It. It Does Lead Somewhere11. Robyn Lynn, Jo Mensinga, Beth Tinning, Kelly Lundman: Is Mindfulness Value Free? Tip Toeing through the Mindfield of Mindfulness12. Salome Raheim and Jack J. Lu: Promoting Integrative Mind-Body-Spirit Practice to Advance Holistic Social Work Education13. Alyson Quinn: Pedagogy for an Integrative Practice: Experiential Unity Theory and Model14. Loretta Pyles and Gwendolyn J. Adam: Re-Constructing Social Work Education: The Path Forward for Holistic Pedagogies