13th annual Plenum
August 24-26, 2015
August 21-23, 2015
in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina

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Mission Statement

Participants of the Opening Ceremony, Sofia 2014[Participants of the Opening Ceremony, Sofia 2014]

The international 'Social Work & Society' Academy (TiSSA) provides a forum for involving professionals and academics in innovative discussion on theory and practice at the cutting edge of the social professions. Its overall aim is to identify how the needs of a wide range of societies experiencing transition can be met through the generation of new knowledge, concepts and models. The organizers of TiSSA assume, that socio-economical developments indicate categorically that social work has to deal with its relation to the respective societies in a critical way, in order to build out a clear professional profile for the future, for a renewal of perspectives and to improve its agency. Any site of economic, political and social transition poses a challenge to social professions to reflect on new approaches to social work. In doing so, The international 'Social Work & Society' Academy focuses on

  • promoting a comparative approach to the analysis of social work and society
  • enhancing the development of knowledge, skills and experience
  • shaping organizational changes and new governance processes
  • analyzing quality criteria and reflecting on best practice
  • encouraging the international dissemination and exchange of information on significant developments

This reflection shall take place in the new setting of The international 'Social Work & Society' Academy in three ways: TiSSA Plenum, inter-university PhD-Network and Academy Seminars.

TiSSA Plenum
The TiSSA Plenum is the annual meeting of academics and professionals from all over the world. Based on the constitutive aims and perspectives, each Plenum deals with one central issue for contemporary social work on a global scale. Plenary sessions, panel debates and working groups excite serious but lively discussions. Field visits and the social program allow to forge closer links to the colleagues. The Plenum is borne by the inquisitiveness and engagement of the participants, which realize each program by their papers and statements and vitalize the idea of a cross-national network of social professions.

Inter-university PhD-Network
The PhD-Network of The international 'Social Work & Society' Academy aspires to establish a broad international cooperation of PhD-students in the social professions. Within the structure of TiSSA an active participation in current professional debates is promoted and supported. Emergent scholars get the opportunity to present their dissertation projects in a broad international context and to enlist contacts relevant for their research topic. Thus a new generation of professionals could acquire and exercise those skills, which are necessary to cope with contemporary challenges of societies in transition and their impact on social services.