55 Int'l Soc. Work 3 (2012)

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Editorial


                                                        International Social Work
                                                                 55(1) 3-4
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This issue of International Social Work contains seven papers from  col-
leagues drawing on work  across four continents. Although the authors are
from  diverse settings and explore a variety of specific issues, all seven
papers included in this issue focus on the issue of culture and cultural diver-
sity as they pertain to social work education and practice.
   The issue opens with a paper from Kieran O'Donoghue and Ming-sum
Tsui on social work  supervision. The authors review the development  of
supervision in New  Zealand, arguing that it has established a professional
culture encompassing  a plurality of approaches and widespread diversity.
The  paper reinforces the complexity of cultural dynamics in social work
practice and is relevant for ongoing debates about the role of clinical super-
vision in an era of managerialism.
   The second paper in the issue, a brief note by Susan Lord, offers an essay
on international collaboration in social work. She argues that in the context
of globalization, all social workers are engaged in international social work
to some extent. She illustrates the benefits of international collaboration in
social work education through the example of an African student studying
in the US and outlines how this experience has helped her to challenge insu-
larity of concept and practice in the social work classroom.
   Next, Huang  Yunong  and Zhang  Xiong  further respond to Gray (2010)
and Gray and Coates' (2010) responses to a previous article in ISW on indi-
genization of social work (Huang and Zhang, 2010). They urge a degree of
caution in dichotomous division of 'western' and 'indigenous' discourses in
social work. They  argue that proponents of indigenization in social work
have tended to neglect the different social, historical and political systems
between  western and indigenous societies which, they suggest, may block
indigenous people from pursuing liberation and freedom.
   In the fourth paper of the issue, Patrick Leung,  Monit  Cheung  and
Venus  Tsui present the results of a survey of depressive symptoms  and
help-seeking behaviours  in a group of Asian Indians living in the USA.
The findings suggest that service providers need a better understanding of
the cultural practices, belief systems and attitudes of Asian Indians if they

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