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Brooks/Cole Empowerment Series: Generalist Practice with Organizations and Communities 6th Edition

Karen K. Kirst-Ashman, Grafton H. Hull, Jr.

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2012, 2009, 2006
  • 608 Pages


EMPOWERMENT SERIES: GENERALIST PRACTICE WITH ORGANIZATIONS AND COMMUNITIES, 6th Edition is designed to help students better understand the dynamics of macro practice, and develop the competencies and practice behaviors required by the Council on Social Work Education's (CSWE) latest Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS). Authors Karen Kirst-Ashman and Grafton Hull are adept at creating interesting, realistic cases and practical examples that are skillfully woven into the main text. In clear and accessible writing, the authors emphasize the practical skills students will need to work effectively with organizations and communities--providing leadership, working with supervisors, managing conflict, working with the media, using new technological advances, fundraising, grant writing, and managing stress. This edition is accompanied by CourseMate, which brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook, as well as Engagement Tracker, a first-of-its-kind tool for instructors that monitors student engagement in the course.

Karen K. Kirst-Ashman, University of Wisconsin, Whitewater

Karen K. Kirst-Ashman is Professor Emerita and former chairperson in the Social Work Department at the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater, where she taught for 28 years. She has written six social work textbooks in multiple editions and numerous publications, articles and reviews on social work and women's issues. She also has served on the Editorial Board of AFFILIA: Journal of Women and Social Work, and as a consulting editor for many social work journals including the Journal of Social Work Education. Dr. Kirst-Ashman has been a member on the Board of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and has served as a CSWE accreditation site visitor on various occasions. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Wisconsin. She has received both the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater Roseman Award for Excellence in Teaching and the University Outstanding Teaching Award. She earned her B.S.W. and M.S.S.W. degrees at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and her Ph.D. in Social Work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has worked as a practitioner and administrator in child welfare and mental health agencies.

Grafton H. Hull, Jr., University of Utah

Grafton Hull is Professor Emeritus at the University of Utah College of Social Work where he founded and directed the College's B.S.W. Program. He has 38 years of experience teaching at B.S.W., M.S.W. and Ph.D. levels. His practice experience includes work in human service agencies providing mental health, child welfare and juvenile justice programs. He holds a B.S. in Sociology, an M.S.W. and an Ed.D. in Counseling, Guidance and Personnel Services. Dr. Hull is the author or co-author of nine texts and numerous articles in social work journals. He has provided consultation on accreditation and program development to over 50 B.S.W. and M.S.W. programs in the U.S. and Canada. He has served on the CSWE Board of Directors, Commission on Accreditation, Nominations Committee and as a site visitor. He also served as Secretary and President of the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors (BPD), from which he received the Significant Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005. Among his awards is the Mary Shields McPhee Memorial Award for Faculty Excellence in Research from the University of Utah College of Social Work. His biography is listed in WHO'S WHO IN AMERICA.
  • Chapter 2, "Group Skills for Organizational and Community Change," contains a greater emphasis on conflict resolution and the use of power and conflict in social work.
  • Chapter 6, "Implementing Macro Interventions: Agency Policy, Projects, and Programs," has been extensively revised to include interventions at multiple levels as well as increased detail on cultural factors in assessments, organizations, and players.
  • Chapter 7, "Understanding Neighborhoods and Communities," provides more discussion of nonplace, cyber, electronic, and virtual communities.
  • Chapter 10, "Advocacy and Social Action with Populations-At-Risk," has been greatly expanded and revised to include more information on current movements such as Arab Spring and Occupy movements. It also includes additional discussion on protests, participatory action research, and legislative advocacy.
  • A new Chapter 12, "Using Supervision," helps students understand the value, necessity, and skillful use of appropriate supervision.
  • This edition includes new content on the Logic Model, ethical dilemmas, social media, and personal working rhythm and mindfulness meditation.
  • The authors offer clearly defined, step-by-step frameworks for thinking about and initiating macro change in organizations and communities. They propose a model for use in deciding whether to pursue macro intervention, and describe a procedure for pursuing the macro intervention process.
  • The authors identify, explain, and examine specific skills for effective macro practice and address critical issues relevant to this practice. Skills include working with the media, handling conflict, using new technological advances, providing leadership, working under supervisors, fundraising, grant writing, working in court settings, evaluating macro practice effectiveness, resolving ethical dilemmas in macro contexts, and advocating for social and economic justice.
  • The authors expose students to material that is relevant and interesting, and that reflects the major concepts currently considered critically important to the social work profession and social work educators.
  • Adopting a generalist perspective, the authors emphasize how micro, mezzo, and macro skills are interlinked. This approach assumes that group (mezzo) skills are built on a firm foundation of individual (micro) skills. Likewise, skills involved in working with organizations and communities (macro skills) rest on a solid base of both micro and mezzo skills. In linking the three levels of practice--micro, mezzo, and macro--the text clearly shows students how all three skill levels are used in everyday practice situations.
  • Content throughout the text is linked to competencies and practice behaviors identified in the Council on Social Work Education's Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS). Icons placed in the text indicate content locations and make references to EPAS. "Competency notes" at the end of each chapter explain the content's relationship to EPAS.
  • Numerous real-world situations and case examples make the material interesting and relevant. Organizational and community theories are examined and linked to practice applications.
1. Introduction to Generalist Practice with Organizations and Communities.
2. Using Micro Skills with Organizations and Communities.
3. Group Skills for Organizational and Community Change.
4. Understanding Organizations.
5. Decision Making for Organizational Change.
6. Implementing Macro Interventions: Agency Policy, Projects, and Programs.
7. Understanding Neighborhoods and Communities.
8. Macro Practice in Communities.
9. Evaluating Macro Practice.
10. Advocacy and Social Action with Populations-At-Risk.
11. Ethics and Ethical Dilemmas in Practice with Organizations and Communities.
12. Using Supervision.
13. Developing and Managing Agency Resources.
14. Stress and Time Management.

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Cengage provides a range of supplements that are updated in coordination with the main title selection. For more information about these supplements, contact your Learning Consultant.


Online Instructor's Manual

ISBN: 9781337288194
This detailed manual provides sample syllabi, course guidelines, in-class exercises, and chapter objectives to assist instructors in teaching the course.

Online PowerPoint®

ISBN: 9781337288217
These vibrant Microsoft® PowerPoint® lecture slides for each chapter assist you with your lecture by providing concept coverage using images, figures, and tables directly from the textbook.

Online Test Bank

ISBN: 9781337288200
Organize your course and capture your students' attention with the resources found in the Test Bank, including multiple-choice, true/false, short-answer, and essay questions -- most with answers and page references for each chapter of the text.