Development of Social Work in Post-Soviet Countries

Date: November 15, 2021, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (central) 
Location: Virtual Webinar

The particular conditions and needs in post-Soviet nations have inspired unique configurations of professional social work. What lessons can be drawn from the policy and practice experiences of human-service professionals in these contexts?

Join us for a fascinating discussion on the emergence of professional social work policy and practice in two post-Soviet countries: Azerbaijan and Ukraine. Aytakin Huseynli, founder of the Azerbaijan Social Work Public Union and PhD candidate in the Brown School, will discuss her research on the profession’s achievements and challenges in this diverse crossroads between Europe and Central Asia. Fulbright Scholar Natalia Gusak, Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Kyiv, Ukraine, will trace the development of social work in Ukraine over the last 30 years, discussing key achievements, current efforts to develop social work as a profession, and obstacles encountered.

AGENDA

Welcome and Introductions

  • Moderator: Michael Sherraden, Director, Center for Social Development (CSD), Washington University in St. Louis

Achievements and Challenges of Social Work in Azerbaijan

  • Description: Aytakin Huseynli will present the findings of a qualitative study that evaluated the development of social work in Azerbaijan, highlighting its achievements and challenges. The presenter will also talk about the history of social work in pre-Soviet, Soviet, and post-Soviet times.
  • Speaker: Aytakin Huseynli, PhD Candidate, Adjunct Faculty and Research Associate, Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis; Founder & Board Member of Azerbaijan Social Work Public Union

The History of Social Work Development in Ukraine

  • Description: Dr. Natalia Gusak will talk about social work as a relatively new profession in Ukraine and on its practice over for first 30 years. The process of its professionalization is ongoing. The author will present the key achievements, current efforts to develop social work as a profession, and obstacles encountered.
  • Speaker: Natalia Gusak, Associate Professor, School of Social Work, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy Kyiv; Fulbright Scholar 2021, School of Social Work, Wayne State University

Q & A

  • Moderator: Michael Sherraden

Please register here.

This event is organized by the Center for Social Development, Brown School, Washington University in St. Louis