We would like to invite you all to join the International Social Work Congress (ISWC16)  at Hacettepe University. The congress will be held in May 29-31, 2017 in Ankara, Turkey. Hacettepe UniversitySocial Work Department is a pioneer in social work education at undergraduate, MSW and PhD levels in Turkey.
The symposiums on social work have been held every year nationally since 1995, with the collaboration of the Association of Social Workers. This year, our congress takes the scale to an international level with a broader theme.
The Congress is organized with an aim to address the emerging need to explore the response of social work in local, national and international social problems. We hope to achieve this by focusing on the future of social work.
The purpose of this meeting is to bring academics, researchers, educators and practitioners to present their ideas on social work education, organization of social services, social policies, changing needs of vulnerable groups and service provisions, with a specific focus on the future of social work.
The confirmed keynote speakers are Professor Malcolm Payne from the UK and Professor Haluk Soydan from the US, who will inspire and empower all the attendees of the congress.
The congress will not be possible without your participation, the collaboration with the Association of Social Workers and support of our sponsors. We sincerely hope that you can attend the International Social Work Congress 2017 to meet and interact with colleagues from all over the world and to enjoy Turkey’s hospitality. We are ready to welcome to you.

For details please visit the website of the congress: //www.sh2017.hacettepe.edu.tr/en

Homepage of the Department

Welcome to the official web site of our social work department which is over 50 years old in the education of social work in Turkey. Our department holds its position as the first and the pioneer university department in social work education on the levels of undergraduate, MA and PhD in Turkey.

General Definition of Social Work Profession

The social work profession promotes social change, problem solving in human relationships and the empowerment and liberation of individuals, families, groups and communities to enhance well-being. Utilising theories of human behaviour and social systems, social work intervenes at the points where people interact with their environments. Principles of human rights and social justice are fundamental to social work (IASSW, 2001; IFSW, 2001).

General Definition of Social Worker

Social worker is the member of social work profession who performs interventions with the help of methods and techniques peculiar to social work by utilizing theories of human behavior and social systems towards enhancing problem solving and coping capacities of the individual, family and society and generating, remedying, protecting and developing the pscho-social functionality; while providing planning and application for the aim of meeting people’s needs via social policy and programs.  


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