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Social Work and Deinstitutionalisation Deinstitutionalisation – global strategies and local accounts

Dubrovnik Dubrovnik, Croatia

Deinstitutionalisation has become central to social work, as it changed the lives of service users, its multidisciplinary work, its organisation, methods and the epistemo-logical position. Recognition of service users’ strengths and potential for recovery in its new meaning became possible only with de-institutionalisation. This radical change has implications also to the interac-tions and power relations between social workers and service users, their family members, other professions and the general public.

We explore the deinstitutionalisation in different settings. We learn from the expe-riences of people who have experienced institutionalisation and deinstitutionalisa-tion how to prevent mini institutionalisa-tion and trans-institutionalisation in the community.

Course directors (alphabetically):
Vito Flaker, University of Ljubljana, Slo-venia
Shula Ramon, University of Hertfordshire, England
Lorenzo Toresini, Centre for Research in Mental Health (formerly), Merano, Italy

2014 Organising director:
Vito Flaker, Faculty for Social Work, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Phone: +386 31872847
Email: vito.flaker@fsd.uni-lj.si

Course description:

Since its inception, after World War Two, deinstitutionalisation has become an interna-tional platform both globally as well as in European Union. The right to live in the community is being warranted by the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and constitutes a legal base for the policies and practices of deinstitutionalisation. Stories of deinstitutionalisation in different countries, even towns, differ, however. Some countries have made considerable changes in the provision of care across different sectors, some only regarding specific groups; some have already quite a history of closing down the institutions, some have only began recently. In some instances movements were the main vehicle of change, in some it was more a top down reform. This year we want to ‘compare the notes’, talk about the different stories and different outcomes. This is important since the process has commenced in some countries anew and because there are some issues still unanswered in the settings where it has been carried out. Also the deinstitutionalisation is an important part of changes happening globally. Fight against closure is one of the items on the agenda of the new social movements and it can be a model for reconstructing the communities.

Potential contributors (alphabetically):

Miroslav Brkić, Serbia; Goran Čerkez, Bosnia and Herzegovina; Amadeus Erhard, Italy/ Germany; Jean-Yves Febery, France; Germany; Nikola Jelovac, Austria/ Croatia; Jim Mandiberg, USA; Massimo Marsili, Italy/ France; Roberto Mezzina, Italy; Bruno Norcio, Italy; Alexandru Paziuk, Rumania; Jan Pfeiffer, Czech Republic; Hans - Pfefferer Wolf, Germany; Andreja Rafaelič, Slovenia; Dragana Stanković, Serbia, Richard Warner, USA.

Recommended reading:

Common European Guidelines on the Transition from Institutional to Community-based Care
Available at: www.deinstitutionalisationguide.eu

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