Contextualizing Practice in Cambodia: A Hidden Living Place with Practice Insight



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Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping


This article is not a first-person narrative but rather a cultural reflection after a study-abroad program in Cambodia that aimed to provide an approach for promoting a deeper appreciation of international social work practice. We (the authors) describe and analyze our interactions with residents in the “floating city” of Chong Khneas using a contextual approach. We categorize these exchanges into context recognition, context analysis, and context management. We focus additional analyses on four contextual environments (people-centered, knowledge-centered, assessment-centered, and community-centered environments) to develop a cross-cultural practice framework. Our reflection supports two practice principles for social work practice: learning through human interactions and assessing with positivity.



Chong Kneas, Cambodia, Tonle Sap Lake, Contextual practice, Child welfare, International social work


Copyright 2017 Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping. Recommended citation: Cheung, Monit, and Michelle Srader. "Contextualizing Practice in Cambodia: A Hidden Living Place with Practice Insight." Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping 22, no. 3 (2016): 29-35. Reproduced in accordance with licensing terms and with the author’s permission.