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

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  • Karen K. Kirst-Ashman University of Wisconsin, Whitewater
  • Grafton H. Hull, Jr. University of Utah
  • ISBN-10: 1285734270  |  ISBN-13: 9781285734279
  • 608 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2012, 2009, 2006
  • © 2015 | Published
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Get a practical, comprehensive, and clearly written introduction to the fundamentals of macro practice with EMPOWERMENT SERIES: GENERALIST PRACTICE WITH ORGANIZATIONS AND COMMUNITIES, 6th Edition, which is thoroughly updated to reflect the Council on Social Work Education's (CSWE) latest ethical standards as well as contemporary issues in social work literature. The authors emphasize the practical skills needed for working successfully in macro practice--providing leadership, working with supervisors, managing conflict, working with the media, using new technological advances, fundraising, grant writing and managing stress. Learn how to build on one-on-one and group communication skills identified by the authors for community and organizational change. This edition's realistic vignettes and practical features--hands-on tips, sample forms, and a running case study--aim to deepen your expertise and enhance your performance in the field.

Features and Benefits

  • 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.
  • 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.

Table of Contents

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.

What's New

  • 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.

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Online Instructor's Manual  (ISBN-10: 1285747682 | ISBN-13: 9781285747682)

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Online PowerPoint®  (ISBN-10: 1285858654 | ISBN-13: 9781285858654)

Online Test Bank  (ISBN-10: 1285742710 | ISBN-13: 9781285742717)

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Online Curriculum Quick Guide  (ISBN-10: 1285742729 | ISBN-13: 9781285742724)

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Karen K. Kirst-Ashman

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 been the recipient of both the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater Roseman Award for Excellence in Teaching and the University Outstanding Teaching Award. She earned her BSW degree and MSSW degree 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.

Grafton Hull is Professor Emeritus at the University of Utah College of Social Work. He founded and directed the College's BSW Program. He has 38 years of experience teaching at BSW, MSW, 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 BS in sociology, an MSW, and a doctorate in education (counseling, guidance, and personnel services). Hull is the co-author of eight texts and numerous articles in social work journals. He has served on the CSWE Board of Directors, Commission on Accreditation, and Nominations Committee; and as a President of the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors (BPD), from which he received the Significant Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005. His biography is listed in WHO'S WHO IN AMERICA.