Social Work Macro Practice

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-01-01
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon
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Social Work Macro Practice focuses on work with organizations and communities, including planned change approaches and implementation. This new edition of Social Work Macro Practice has been thoroughly updated and revised to make it an even stronger and more user-friendly text. The authors have designed the book to mesh well with a variety of contemporary policy texts and emphasize that planned change approaches, such as the one presented herein, occur within a political environment that is constantly changing.

Table of Contents

Values and Historical Perspectives
An Introduction to Macro Practice in Social Work
Macro Practice in Context
Experiences of Former Students
What is Macro Practice?
Levels of Involvement in Social Work Practice
A Systematic Approach to Macro Social Work Practice
Interrelationship of Micro and Macro Social Work Practice
The Foundation of Macro Practice
Theories and Models
Values and Ethical Dilemmas
Social Justice
Three Case Examples
Case Example 1: Child Protective Services
Case Example 2: Case Management with Elderly and Disabled Persons
Case Example 3: Displaced Homemaker Services
Surviving the Dilemmas
Professional Identity
Assumptions About Planned Change
Using an Informed Systems Approach to Identify Goals and Outcomes
Valuing Consumer/Collaborator Participation
Embracing One's Professional Identity by Thinking Critically
Discussion Questions and Exercises
Suggested Readings
The Historical Roots of Macro Practice
Trends Underlying the Emergence of Social Work Roles
Social Conditions
Population Growth and Immigration
Change in Institutional Structures
Ideological Currents
Oppressed and Disadvantaged Populations
Native Americans
African Americans
Asian Americans
Persons with Disabilities
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Persons
The Development of Social Work
Early Social Work Education
Community Organization and Social Reform
Effects of the Great Depression
Social Work and Social Change
The Organizational Context of Social Work
Contemporary Trends
Social Conditions
Poverty and Welfare Reform
Income Inequality
Patterns of Affiliation and Identification with Community
Changes in Organizations and Delivery Systems
The Information Age
Ideological Currents
Oppressed and Disadvantaged Populations
Native Americans
African Americans
Asian Americans
Persons with Disabilities
Lesbian, Gay Bisexual, and Transgender Persons
Lingering Problems
The Importance of Change
Discussion Questions
Suggested Readings
Understanding Problems and Populations
Understanding Community and Organizational Problems
What is Social Work Practice?
The Role of the Social Worker in Macro Practice
The Social Worker's Entry into an Episode of Macro-Level Change
Guidelines for Planning Change
Exploring the Professional Knowledge Base
Narrowing Down to the Most Useful Data and Information
Understanding Problems and Opportunities
Task 1: Gather Information from Key Informants in the Community or Organization
Identify Major Participants
Identify the Community or Organizational Condition
Identify Relevant Historical Incidents
Task 2: Explore the professional knowledge base on the Condition, Problem, Need or Opportunity
Explore Relevant Theoretical and Research Resources
Collect Supporting Data
Make the Data Meaningful for Interpretation
Task 3: Select Factors that Help Explain the Underlying Causes of the Problem
Questions and Exer
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