Social Work in United States and China: a comparative study on the role of social work in just sustainabilities
Sarah Marie Bexell
Visiting Clinical Associate Professor, Graduate School of Social Work, University of Denver, July 2017 to present
Director of Humane Education, Institute for Human-Animal Connection, University of Denver, September 2016 to present
Director of Conservation Education, Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, China, January 2006 to present
Associate Research Professor, Institute for Human-Animal Connection, Graduate School of Social Work, University of Denver, October 2015 to present
In this presentation we will explore the expansion of the social work ecological model that focuses on persons-in-environment to the consideration of natural physical environments, interrelations with nonhuman animals, thoughtful stewardship of natural resources, and advocacy for environmental and human health and sustainability. The future of humanity is at stake due to the unsustainable behavior of our species. Natural and physical scientists have been warning us for decades, but their messages have gone unheard. There is a need for social work skills, from the micro to the macro level, to alter human behavior toward a sustainable and humane future. We will end this presentation with a discussion of how Chinese and U.S. social workers may work together for this bright future.