IMPLICATIONS AND CALLS TO ACTION

Based on the lessons learned from the innovative authors in this text who are bravely forging new territory in their respective institutions and communities, we believe there are significant implications for social work education and, in some areas, equally significant barriers to making these shifts. Holistic and transformative social work education is a new and emerging field of practice and inquiry, requiring specific actions and change for it to be fully implemented and effective, while recognizing these actions must occur within highly diverse institutional cultures (Kelly & Horder, 2001). These implications and actions are relevant to social work educators, curriculum developers, scholars of pedagogy, social work educational leaders, and leaders of national accrediting bodies. Within each level, there are specific calls to action in moving this from a model in a book to an expected part of social work education. We also identify potential barriers to these shifts and possibilities that may help.

 
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