字幕表 動画を再生する 英語字幕をプリント From very early on in my life, I actually witnessed some of the most challenging social realities around me, which in fact challenged my way of thinking -- what could I contribute, what can I do about this? My name is Abraham Francis and I'm an Associate Professor at the James Cook University of Townsville campus in Australia. Social work is a practice- based profession and an academic discipline that promotes social change and development, social cohesion and the empowerment and liberation of people. It is all about helping people help themselves. Some of the harsh realities are poverty, displacement, unemployment, mental health issues -- all of them have in fact challenged me and have prompted me to respond to them. Hence, my research in those areas. I really wanted to know of the art behind helping, the science behind helping. We do it with a scientific knowledge. We do it with commitment. We do it with a passion because we believe that people can make change. I have been involved with many research projects. Some of them are in the areas of criminal justice social work, international social work, strengths- based practice in social work, mental health in the higher education sector and all of them have contributed to my understanding about these harsh realities, which I was talking about. Recently we organised a conference on mental health in higher education in Townsville. As researchers, we were able to bring many stakeholders from around the country and some of the international speakers to talk about and create a momentum at JCU and we have been successful in a way to talk about this issue on a wider level. Social Work education at JCU is grounded on the principles of social justice and human rights. We welcome our students to be connected to the grass-root realities around them. Principles of social justice, human rights, collective responsibility and respect for diversity are central to social work practice. Social work engages people and structures to address challenges and enhance well-being. When injustices and problems do occur just before your eyes, can you sit in silence? What I'm really passionate about is responding to the call for justice. We need competent, confident and compassionate social workers and human service professionals in the field. Social work is about working with people, empowering people. It is about engaging with communities. We can really inspire our students to be agents of change and that's what we need in today's society.