Ka Tat Tsang
Professor, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work
Collaborative Master's Program in Asia-Pacific Studies, Asian Institute
246 Bloor Street West
A. Ka Tat Tsang is the Director of the China Project and holds the Factor-Inwentash Chair in Social Work in the Global Community. The focus of his research and scholarship is the development of a knowledge base for social work practice in a globalized environment, through active integration of theory, practice and research. Diversity is a major theme in the development of Dr. Tsang’s scholarship and research. The social work profession has to wrestle with the challenges of intersecting diversity related to dimensions such as race, ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation, sexual practice, class, religion, age, ability, citizenship, geographical location, and so on. Within a context of rapid and pervasive globalization, the impact of such diversities is increasingly salient in everyday social work practice. Professor Tsang believes in proactive engagement with such diversities, and moves beyond the conventional academic model of narrow specialization to address the complex and interconnected issues that cut across different domains of social work practice. Following a multiple contingencies approach, he has developed a number of practice systems such as the SSLD (Strategies and Skills Learning and Development), ICCP (Integrative Cross-Cultural Psychotherapy), and MCM (Multiple Contingencies Model) of psychotherapy.
Dr. Tsang has been actively involved in the development of social work in China since the 1980s. His current projects in China involve collaboration with a number of leading universities such as Tsinghua, Shandong, and the Beijing Institute of Technology.