Mira Antonyan (Armenian Association of Social Workers)

Manane Petrosyan (Armenian Association of Social Workers); Tatevik Karapetyan (Yerevan State University)
Topic: The response strategy of humanitarian and social work in armed conflicts (the Case of Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh)
Language: English 


Ongoing wars and conflicts in many countries in the world resulted in various problems affecting all societies. This situation directly affects the social work practice since it requires severe professional interventions, especially in dealing with children, vulnerable adults and other population groups affected by political violence.

The modern, international profession of social work was born in the context of war, though war and armed conflict have note traditionally been central topics in social work.

Countries with no or little social work history, such as Armenia and Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh), are of interest of the authors.
The workshop will introduce how the social workers address the post-crisis challenges in a country with no social work tradition. The presenters will touch upon such topics as preparedness of the social service workforce, psycho-social consequences of crises; approaches used to overcome collective and individual trauma as well as challenges to provide emergency and appropriate professional response in the context of various international treaties and requirements in the conditions of pandemic and war.

Specific consideration is given to various sets of strategies and interventions in social work, demonstrating that the relationships between conflicts and social work relies on two main approaches: human rights approach and strengths-based approach.

The workshop will furthermore discuss the challenge of the national association of social work and the global professional bodies on how to utilize that ground-up learning on the social work role in peace-building and responding to trauma based on the example of Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh.
Keywords: humanitarian assistance and social work; social work in wartime; post-conflict social work, Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh in double crisis.