Joanne Corbin, MSS ’86, Publishes Children and Families Affected By Armed Conflicts in Africa

Posted September 12th, 2012 at 4:21 pm.

Joanne Corbin, MSS ’86, has published Children and Families Affected By Armed Conflicts in Africa, a book aimed at enhancing the awareness and knowledge of helping professionals working with children and families who have experienced armed conflict in Africa.

Published by NASW press, Children and Families draws on the experiences of working practitioners with populations affected by armed conflicts, specifically in Uganda and Rwanda. African practitioners discuss the political, economic, cultural, social, and spiritual elements of life that have been affected by war.

Corbin’s book raises important practice issues, such as the effect of direct and indirection experiences of armed conflict on families, the influence of cultural orientation on conceptualizations of mental health and well-being, and collectivistic understandings of self and community.

Corbin graduated from Bryn Mawr’s Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research in 1986 with a master in social service. She is currently an associate professor and chair of research sequence at Smith College of Social Work, in Northampton, MA, and a clinical social worker and is trained in family therapy. In 2010, Corbin was appointed to the Council on Social Work Education’s Council for Global Learning, Research and Practice, which seeks to develop social workers who are competent in international practice.

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