9780205485925

Policy-Based Profession, The: An Introduction to Social Welfare Policy Analysis for Social Workers

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    9780205485925

  • ISBN10:

    0205485928

  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1/1/2011
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
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Summary

This social welfare policy text, written specifically for use within the field of social work, shows students the crucial connection between social policy and the everyday practice of social work. The Fourth Edition ofThe Policy-Based Professionprovides students with a process for analyzing policies that will help them as they enter a career in social work. It offers a detailed foundation for policy analysis, including chapters on historical policy analysis, social/economic analysis, and political analysis. This text brings students up to date on the latest developments in welfare reform, mental health managed care, the campaign to restructure Social Security, reactions to current immigration issues, current threats to workersrs" pensions, program and policy responses to the problems of substance abuse, and the use of family preservation as an approach to child protection.

Table of Contents

Most chapters conclude with Conclusion and Notes
Preface
Social Welfare Policy and the Social Work Profession
The Policy-Based Profession
The Target of Social WorkThe Individual and Society
Social Work's Pursuit of Professional Status
The Policy-Based Profession
Summary and Practice Implications
Defining Social Welfare Policy
Social Welfare PolicyBasic Definition
Factors Complicating the Definition of Social Welfare Policy
Social Welfare PolicyA Working Definition
Social Welfare Policy Analysis
Policy Analysis Outline
Social Welfare Policy Analysis: Basic Concepts
The Many Meanings of Policy Analysis
Methods of Policy Analysis
Policy Analysis as Science, Art, and Politics
Policy Analysis from an Historical Perspective
Historical Context of Social Welfare Policies
Methods of Policy History
The Benton Park Crisis Center
Social/Economic Analysis
Delineation of the Policy Under Analysis
Social Problem Analysis
Facts Related to the Problem
Theory of Human Behavior Undergirding the Policy
Social Values Related to the Problem
Goals of the Policy Under Analysis
Hypotheses Underlying the Policy
Economic Analysis
Politics and Social Welfare Policy
The Politics of Policy Making
Models of Policy Making
The Framework Applied
Fighting: Temporary Assistance to Needy Families
Historical Analysis
Social Analysis
Economic Analysis
Evaluation
Aging: Social Security as an Entitlement
The Problem That Social Security Was Developed to Solve
The Social Security Act of 1935
Historical Development of Social Security Programs in the United States
Contemporary Analysis of Social Security
Mental Health: Managed Care
The Problem That Managed Mental Health Care Was Developed to Solve
Managed Mental Health Care
The History of Managed Care
The Economics of Managed Care
Social Analysis of Managed Care
The Political Context of Managed Care
Social Workers and Managed Care
Influencing the System
Current Proposals for Policy Reform
Substance Abuse Policies
The Problem of Substance Abuse
The History of Substance Abuse Policies
Social and Economic Analysis of Substance Abuse Policies
Political Analysis
Analysis of Two Policies: Drug Tests for Welfare Clients and Separation of Treatment for Those Who Are Dually Diagnosed
Child Welfare: Family Preservation Policy
Historical Analysis
Social Analysis
Political Analysis
Economic Analysis
Policy/Program Evaluation
Current Proposals for Policy Reform
Conclusion
Lessons from Policy Analysis
Taking ActionPolicy Practice for Social Workers
Appendixes
Index
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