Editorial

Nol Reverda, Karin Dangermond
2013 Journal of Social Intervention: Theory and Practice  
The Journal of Social Intervention: Theory and Practice has a strong interest in the international aspects of social practices, policies and professional intervention. As such, our last two issues (3 and 4/2012) embarked on a discussion on the international dimension of social work. In this current issue we continue this discussion with a contribution by Mark Garavan, coordinator of Applied Social Studies at the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology in Ireland. Garavan states that it is important
more » ... hat it is important for social workers to remind themselves of, and return to, the first principles of their profession. Due to an increasing emphasis on performance, targets and efficiency, social workers are not always able to recognize that they are working with human beings. It is not managerial aspects but the human dimension that should provide social workers with the guiding principles by which they can orient themselves and judge their work. In his article, Garavan suggests that a dialogic approach -involving listening to and responding to the words and experiences of the other person -has the potential to restore humanity to both the client and the worker. To demonstrate this point, Garavan conducts an extensive discussion of the purpose, principles, goals, core assumptions, methodology dialogic practice needs, and implications for professional practice of the dialogic approach. He concludes his article with examples of the dialogic approach, for example the dialogic approach of Paulo Freire.
doi:10.18352/jsi.345 fatcat:5hh5r2bazbbr7pjj6ods3wesny