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The Handbook of Policy Practice

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2018-02-26
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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All social work practice, from intervention to how payments or reimbursements are made, is regulated by social policies. Professionals, however, cannot arbitrarily select which policy to follow in any circumstance; knowing what comprises a given policy is essential, but equally important is understanding how to amend a policy by applying unique skills that reflect the social work profession's shared values and beliefs. Recognizing that a series of interdependent social policies govern every aspect of social work in both nonprofit and public organizations, this practice-specific textbook focuses on influencing social policies in an agency setting or through formal governmental processes.

The Handbook for Policy Practice explores a wide range of topics that are critical tools in every social worker's policy practice repertoire:
· Recognizing the various social justice theories and their role in social policy.
· Understanding critical thinking as a practice skill.
· Social media as a practice tool.
· Preparing and presenting testimony to a legislative committee or group of people.
· Formulating a clear, well-focused written policy brief for a Board of Directors or legislative committee.
· Organizing policy specific advocacy activities including a public forum, social work day at the legislature, and voter registration projects.
· The "30-second elevator speech."
· Writing newspaper "op-eds" and "letters to the editor."

Purposefully, the Handbook also relies on information comes from the digital world. Using the web as a primary source builds on the social work profession's long-held belief to begin where the client is. Using the links to the various data and citation sources, readers will learn to identify and discern the features of a valid web site. As a whole, this book is an essential resource for all BSW and MSW students.

Table of Contents

PART 1: Context and Framework
Introduction to PART 1
Chapter One - Social Policy and Social Work: An Overview
Chapter Two - Recognizing the Underpinnings of Social Policy and Social Welfare Policy
Chapter Three - Justice Theory and the Social Work Profession: Is This Fair and Just
Chapter Four - Critical Thinking: The Key to Policy Practice
Chapter Five - Contours of Analysis

PART 2: The Making of Social Policies
Introduction to PART 2
Chapter Six - Federal Government-Based Policy Development
Chapter Seven - State and Local Government-Based Policy Development
Chapter Eight - Agency Based Policy Development

PART 3: Impacting the Policy Making Process
Introduction to PART 3
Chapter Nine - Policy Practice Strategies, Tactics, and Techniques
Chapter Ten - Social Media, Info Sheets, and Other Tools for Effective Communication

PART 4: Not the End but the Beginning
Introduction to PART 4
Chapter Eleven - Glossary of Policy Practice Related Terms
Chapter Twelve - Final Thoughts

Appendix 1 - Congressional Caucuses, 115th Congress
Appendix 2 - Example of Federal Register Call for Proposed Rules Change
Appendix 3 - Social Workers in Congress, 114th Congress and Social Workers in State and Local Offices
Appendix 4 - Examples of Op-Eds Written by Social Workers
Appendix 5: Op-ed and Letters to the Editor Guidelines, 100 On-line and Print Publications
Appendix 6: Example of Policy Issue Brief


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