Faculty Publication: GSSWSR Faculty Fellow Nataliia Gusak
The Status of Military Social Work in Ukraine: Current Efforts to Develop This Role and the Obstacles Encountered1
Author: Nataliia Gusak
Source: Military Social Work Around the Globe
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Abstract: Commencing in the 1990s, social work is a relatively new profession in Ukraine, and the process of its professionalization is ongoing. This chapter aims to introduce the international community to the status of military social work in Ukraine. The specific focus of the chapter will be on describing the existing national context of social work in the military, as well as on identifying specific prerequisites for the uniformed and civilian social work establishment to address the needs of military service members, veterans, and their families. The chapter will also assist in understanding the needs of active-duty personnel and veterans associated with the ongoing armed conflict in Ukraine, as well as governmental and non-governmental responses including different programs, projects, volunteer, and veteran movements. Prerequisites, and the most promising future directions of military social work development in the country, are also discussed. It is highlighted that this chapter was written prior to the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.