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Brooks/Cole Empowerment Series: Becoming an Effective Policy Advocate, 7th Edition

  • Bruce S. Jansson University of Southern California
  • ISBN-10: 1285064070  |  ISBN-13: 9781285064079
  • 544 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2011, 2008, 2003
  • © 2014 | Published
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Overview

Jansson’s groundbreaking BECOMING AN EFFECTIVE POLICY ADVOCATE goes beyond the traditional foundational approach to policy and helps students develop the skills they need to become advocates for social change. Students are taught the ins and outs of conducting policy-practice so that they will be prepared to implement policy reform during their own careers. Coverage has been updated to include topical coverage of such events and issues as Barack Obama’s presidency, the Occupy Wall Street movement, the Arab Spring, and more. As part of the Brooks/Cole Empowerment Series, the seventh edition is completely up to date and thoroughly integrates the core competencies and recommended practice behaviors outlined in the 2008 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) set by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Available with InfoTrac® Student Collections http://gocengage.com/infotrac.

Features and Benefits

  • This text presents a hands-on framework designed to help students become effective policy advocates. The framework identifies recurring policy tasks, policy advocacy skills, and an array of policy competencies that allow policy advocates to put their skills into action.
  • Policy Advocacy Challenges illustrate how social workers from around the country have used policy-advocacy skills and competencies to achieve policy reforms in agency, community, and legislative settings. Some examples integrate video footage, websites, and/or Internet-based exercises, bringing the challenges to life and providing visual and hands-on inspiration for students.
  • Case examples in every chapter show how social workers have obtained reforms in legislative and governmental settings, giving students a glimpse of what they can hope to accomplish in their own careers.
  • Chapters include a list of websites that will guide students toward allies in the field and provide information about specific issues.

Table of Contents

Preface.
Part I: BECOMING MOTIVATED TO BECOME A POLICY ADVOCATE AND A LEADER.
1. Joining a Tradition of Social Reform.
2. Articulating Four Rationales for Participating in Policy Advocacy.
Part II: SURMOUNTING CYNICISM BY DEVELOPING POLICY-ADVOCACY SKILLS.
3. Obtaining Skills and Competencies for Policy Advocacy.
Part III: NAVIGATING THE ECOLOGY OF POLICY IN THE U.S. AND A GLOBAL WORLD.
4. Understanding the Ecology of Policy in Governmental, Electoral, Community, and Agency Settings.
5. Expanding Policy Advocacy Across National Borders.
Part IV: COMMITTING TO PROBLEMS AND SOLUTIONS THROUGH BUILDING AGENDAS AND ENGAGING IN POLICY ANALYSIS.
6. Committing to an Issue: Building Agendas.
7. Analyzing Problems in the First Step of Policy Analysis.
8. Developing Policy Proposals in Second, Third, and Fourth Steps of Policy Analysis.
9. Presenting and Defending Policy Proposals in the Fifth and Sixth Steps of Policy Analysis.
Part V: ADVOCATING FOR CHANGE.
10. Developing and Using Power in the Policy-Enacting Task.
11. Developing Political Strategy and Putting It Into Action in the Policy-Enacting Task.
12. Engaging in Ballot-Based Policy Advocacy.
Part VI: TROUBLESHOOTING AND ASSESSING POLICIES.
13. Troubleshooting the Implementation of Policies in Task 7.
14. Toward Evidence-Based Policy During Task 8.

What's New

  • This edition is thoroughly up to date with the most recent EPAS requirements. NEW Helping Hands icons within the chapters and end-of-chapter Competency Notes spotlight text coverage of the required Core Competencies and recommended Practice Behaviors detailed by CSWE’s new EPAS 2008.
  • The new Social Work CourseMate product, designed to accompany the text, offers additional opportunities to study and explore the topics addressed in the text.
  • Chapter 3 now provides a clearer policy advocacy framework in a different visual format with concentric circles that depict movement from direct practice, policy-sensitive practice, policy-related practice, and policy advocacy at organizational, community, and legislative levels.
  • To keep the text current, Jansson has incorporated examples from the presidency of Barack Obama, including the Affordable Care Act and the Great Recession of 2007 to 2009 and beyond. The book will also include examples drawn from the presidential election of 2012. Additionally, Jansson addresses timely topics such as the Occupy Wall Street Movement, the Arab Spring, and the use of social media in policy advocacy.
  • The chapter on policy assessment has been completely revised and now includes discussion of the promises and limits of evidence-based policies.
  • Chapter 1 features expanded use of the NASW Code of Ethics. This coverage is continued in subsequent chapters.
  • An updated website leads to videoclips that are easy to use in each class session.
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Online Test Bank  (ISBN-10: 1285064194 | ISBN-13: 9781285064192)

The Test Bank offers many essay and multiple-choice questions that further help to assess student’s understanding of EPAS 2008.

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Online Curriculum Quick Guide  (ISBN-10: 1285419081 | ISBN-13: 9781285419084)

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Designed to help you bridge the gap between coursework and practice, the Helping Professions Learning Center (HPLC) offers a centralized online resource that allows students to build skills and gain even more confidence and familiarity with the principles that govern the life of the helping professional. The interactive site consists of: Video Activities organized by curriculum area and accompanied by critical thinking questions; Ethics, Diversity, and Theory-based Case Studies; Flashcards and Practice Quizzes; a Professional Development Center; and a Research and Writing Center.

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Designed to help you bridge the gap between coursework and practice, the Helping Professions Learning Center (HPLC) offers a centralized online resource that allows you to build your skills and gain even more confidence and familiarity with the principles that govern the life of the helping professional. The interactive site consists of: Video Activities organized by curriculum area and accompanied by critical thinking questions; Ethics, Diversity, and Theory-based Case Studies; Flashcards and Practice Quizzes; a Professional Development Center; and a Research and Writing Center.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Bruce S. Jansson

Bruce S. Jansson (MA, University of Chicago and Harvard University; PhD, University of Chicago) is Professor in the Department of Social Work at the University of Southern California (USC). He joined the USC faculty in 1973 after working in Michigan as a community organizer and planner for tenant rights. His scholarly interests focus on advancing case advocacy and policy advocacy in social work, as well as examining the history and practice of social welfare policy. He also has served as the Moses Distinguished Research Professor at the City University of New York Graduate Center. Jansson is probably most well-known for the book THE SIXTEEN TRILLION DOLLAR MISTAKE: HOW THE U.S. BUNGLED ITS NATIONAL PRIORITIES FROM THE NEW DEAL TO THE PRESENT (2001). The author of several other titles, Jansson is currently working on two books. One discusses how social workers and other staff in the health and human services can link case and policy advocacy in different sectors including mental health, child welfare, corrections, education, and civil rights. The other analyzes why the United States has not significantly reduced health disparities in the last five decades, and whether the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 will achieve this result.