This edited collection focuses on Africentric social work practice, providing invaluable assistance to undergraduate students in developing foundational skills and knowledge to further their understanding of how to initiate and maintain best practices with African Canadians. In social work education and field practice, students will benefit from the depth and breadth of this book’s discussions of social, health and educational concerns related to Black people across Canada. The book’s contributors present a broad spectrum of personal and professional experiences as African Canadian social work practitioners, students and educators. They address issues that African Canadians confront daily, which social work educators and potential practitioners need to understand to provide racially and culturally relevant services. The book presents students with an invaluable opportunity to develop their practical skills through case studies and critical thinking exercises, with recommendations for how to ethically and culturally engage in African-centred service provision.
Edited by Wanda Thomas Bernard Photographs by George Bernard Jr.
160 pages $19.95 6″ x 9″ Spiral Bound ISBN 1897462336, FOUR EAST PUBLICATIONS
African Nova Scotians are well known in their families and communities for creating good food. In addition, they have always been able to make delicious meals for large families. Making the link between food and health, the Association of Black Social Workers has worked with seniors to convert some of their cherished traditional recipes to more healthy versions. We were inspired by the seniors’ willingness to try new twists on their old favourite recipes.
STILL FIGHTING FOR CHANGE: BLACK SOCIAL WORKERS IN CANADA
Edited by Wanda Thomas Bernard
250 pages $22.95 6″ x 9″ paperback ISBN 9781897426647, POTTERSFIELD PRESS
“These women have had to overcome many struggles to survive and succeed, and the struggle and journey continues. As you read each story, and the story of ABSW, we invite you to imagine the struggle, then imagine the resistance, and finally, imagine what you can do to join the fight for change.” In their own words, the twenty authors create a conversation with the reader about the Black social workers in Canada who have struggled to bring change not for themselves, but for their communities. This volume contains stories of social workers breaking barriers as they fight for changes to improve the system and enhance the lives of those they serve. There are also stories by members of the Association of Black Social Workers speaking frankly about the struggles they have encountered to become who they are. Included are stories of foster care, adoption, immigration, disability, poverty and how social workers deal with the everyday racism in education and in their practice. Grounded in Afrocentric theory, these writers invite readers to think critically about their experiences, their journeys and the lessons learned to help others become more involved in the struggle for change. The contributors to Still Fighting for Change share their experiences of oppression, racism, and struggle, interwoven with their acts of courage, tenacity, resilience, resistance, and ultimately change and empowerment. Finally, the book ends with reflection on critical hope and spirituality as a possible way forward for the next leg of the journey.
Fighting For Change: Black Social Workers in Nova Scotia
Edited by Wanda Thomas Bernard
224 pages $19.95 6″ x 9″ paperback ISBN 1-895900-80-8, POTTERSFIELD PRESS
This is the story of Black social workers breaking barriers and fighting for change, for themselves as professionals and for their clients and communities. Seventeen women tell their own unique accounts, from gaining entry to social work education to their experiences in the field. They also write about the strategies that made a difference in their lives and the lives of the people they work with. For information contact Dr. Wanda Thomas Bernard at 902-494-1190 Contributors to Fighting for Change include: Rene Baptiste, Winnie Benton, Wanda Thomas Bernard, Satie Borden, Tionda Cain, Erin Desmond, Lois Fairfax, Darlamaine Gero-Hagel, Barbara Hamilton Hinch, Diane C. Jacobs, Phyllis Marsh-Jarvis, Candace Bernard Roker, Anne Simmons, Wanda Taylor, Lynda Thomas, Oluronke Taiwo, and Maxine Colley Wongus.