Building Culturally Sensitive Practice for Social Work and Human Services Practitioners in Training

The Role of Transformative International Intercultural Learning


  • Stephen Larmar Griffith University
  • Jennifer Boddy Griffith University
  • Patrick O'Leary Griffith University
  • Connie Allen Griffith University
  • Connie Allen Griffith University


Transformative intercultural learning, Culturally sensitive practice, Human services and social work, Students, Nepal


This paper presents the findings of an investigation exploring transformative intercultural learning with a focus on the development of culturally sensitive practice for a cohort of 20 Australian human services and social work students. The research was facilitated over a three- week period and was embedded within a field trip to the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. The field trip centred more broadly upon student exploration of international human services and social work within a developing country through an immersive, hands-on approach. The findings of the study provide an evidence base highlighting the utility of global mobility programs in promoting transformative intercultural learning, including the development of culturally sensitive practice for social work and human services students.

Author Biographies

Stephen Larmar, Griffith University

School of Human Services and Social Work

Jennifer Boddy, Griffith University

School of Human Services and Social Work

Patrick O'Leary, Griffith University

School of Human Services and Social Work

Connie Allen, Griffith University

School of Human Services and Social Work

Connie Allen, Griffith University

School of Human Services and Social Work


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