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Title: Crossing the river stone by stone : developing an expanded school mental health network in post-quake Sichuan
Authors: Sim, BWT 
Issue Date: Nov-2009
Source: China journal of social work, Nov. 2009, v. 2, no. 3, p. 165-177
Abstract: This paper chronicles and consolidates my personal experience and professional journey in China in the past one year after the 512 Sichuan earthquake erupted on 12 May 2008. Several summer children projects I helped to organize had evolved into an expanded school mental health network. As I critically reflect on the pertinent issues in developing professional school social work practice in Sichuan, I shall also outline the challenges and opportunities of relief work in China’s context, drawing from the systems perspective. Maximizing available local resources and facilitating the natural development of support network seems to be a useful approach in disaster recoverywork. Furthermore, the need for professionals, especially outsiders, to be respectful and be culturally sensitive is valuable.
Keywords: Disaster management
Sichuan earthquake
School social work
Chinese students
Cultural sensitivity
Child well-being
Strengths perspective
Publisher: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Journal: China journal of social work 
ISSN: 1752-5098
EISSN: 1752-5101
DOI: 10.1080/17525090903211713
Rights: © 2009 Taylor & Francis. This is an electronic version of an article published in T. Sim (2009), China Journal of Social Work, 2(3), 165-177. China Journal of Social Work is available online at:, and the article at:
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