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Brooks/Cole Empowerment Series: Human Behavior in the Macro Social Environment, 4th Edition

  • Karen K. Kirst-Ashman University of Wisconsin, Whitewater
  • ISBN-10: 1285075498  |  ISBN-13: 9781285075495
  • 656 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2011, 2008, 2000
  • © 2014 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $140.25
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Overview

HUMAN BEHAVIOR IN THE MACRO SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT: AN EMPOWERMENT APPROACH TO UNDERSTANDING COMMUNITIES, ORGANIZATIONS, AND GROUPS, Fourth Edition, helps students learn how to promote positive change by building upon the strengths of macro systems, taking them straight to the heart of what social work is all about. Author Karen Kirst-Ashman provides a comprehensive overview of human behavior in a macro setting, while citing real-world practice and case studies to support theories and their application. The text focuses on empowerment-encouraging communities, organizations, and groups to promote change from the inside out. Students are encouraged to think critically about how macro systems affect human behavior, and ultimately, how they shape the practice of social work. Updated throughout, the fourth edition offers new, expanded, and/or revised coverage of issues for LGBTQ individuals, international social work organizations, the Hawthorne effect, cognitive behavioral therapy, and many other topics. Available with InfoTrac® Student Collections http://gocengage.com/infotrac.

Features and Benefits

  • HUMAN BEHAVIOR IN THE MACRO SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT examines how micro systems operate and impact human behavior, incorporating themes of the strengths perspective, empowerment, and resiliency.
  • The text encompasses all of the core curriculum content required by the 2008 Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) for program accreditation, including coverage of human diversity, populations-at-risk, and the promotion of social and economic justice, social work theory, values, and ethics.
  • Each chapter includes overviews and summaries, providing students with helpful aids for organizing and studying key content.
  • Critical thinking questions promote student understanding of key concepts, while boxed material throughout each chapter introduces students to specific policy, research, and social work practices.
  • A chapter on social justice and the global community stresses the need to advocate social and economic justice and human rights at the international level.

Table of Contents

Preface.
1. Introduction to Human Behavior in the Macro Social Environment.
2. Values and Principles that Guide Generalist Practice in the Macro Social Environment.
3. Human Behavior in Groups: Theories and Dynamics.
4. Types of Groups in the Macro Social Environment.
5. Knowledge and Theories about Organizations.
6. Social Service Organizational Settings, Goals and Environmental Contexts.
7. Organizational Structure and Dynamics.
8. Human Behavior, Management, and Empowerment in Organizations.
9. Communities in the Macro Social Environment: Theories and Concepts.
10. Assessment of Geographic Communities and Empowerment.
11. Neighborhood Empowerment.
12. Diversity, Populations-at-Risk, and Empowerment in the Macro Social Environment.
13. Social Justice and the Global Community.
References.
Name Index.
Subject Index.

What's New

  • "Helping Hands" icons, incorporated throughout the book, link content to competencies and practice behaviors as defined in the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS).
  • "At a Glance" boxes summarize theories and some of the more complicated issues, aiding review and retention.
  • Content has been thoroughly updated throughout and intermittently reorganized to enhance clarity. New coverage includes clarification of the meaning of ecosystems theory, generalist practice, and critical thinking (Chapter 1); updated references to NASW Policy Statements, discussion of Gayphobia (homophobia), updated terminology on gaysocialphobia, an introduction to global poverty (Chapter 2); and updated and reformulated content on cognitive-behavioral theory (Chapter 3).
  • Chapter 4 includes discussion of virtual task groups and virtual task group leadership as well as more material on treatment conferences.
  • Chapter 5 includes new material on the Hawthorne effect, and Chapter 6 presents new coverage on managed care, updated content about TANF, and expanded discussion of the financial resources necessary for agency functioning.
  • Chapter 7 presents new material on intimidation and supplication as additional forms of impression management, and an expanded discussion on the reasons for organizational politics. It also contains expanded content on supervision, including administrative, educational, and other functions of supervisors; workers' general expectations of supervisors; and how to use supervision effectively.
  • Chapter 8 presents updated content on the learning organization, including the importance of continuous learning; updated information on salaries and the status of female social workers; and discussion of Total Quality Management quality circles.
  • Chapter 9 includes expanded content on rural social work, including issues characterizing rural communities, strengths of rural communities, community building, and dual and multiple relationships in rural communities.
  • Among other new topics, Chapter 10 covers social support networks and use of the Internet, and the use of social indicators to assess community needs.
  • New topics in Chapter 12 include intersectionality; policy, research, and practice recommendations in the pursuit of social and economic justice for grandparents who are caring for grandchildren. Also included are updated statistics on Hispanics, new material on gentrification, new and updated content on important issues for LGBTQ people, clarification of feminist principles applied to women in the macro social environment, and updated discussion of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • Chapter 13 presents new content on measuring global poverty, sustainable community development, and sustainability on a global community level.
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Efficacy and Outcomes

Reviews

"If you are looking for a text that is simple to read but with the complexity of information in understanding human behavior from a macro perspective, look no further than this book."

— Francis Origanti

Supplements

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Instructor Supplements

Online Test Bank  (ISBN-10: 1285418654 | ISBN-13: 9781285418650)

This chapter-by-chapter resource contains ready-made test questions for all the major concepts covered in the text.

Online Instructor's Manual  (ISBN-10: 1285418646 | ISBN-13: 9781285418643)

The instructor's resource manual contains a variety of resources to aid instructors in preparing and presenting text material in a manner that meets their personal preferences and course needs. It presents chapter-by-chapter suggestions and resources to enhance and facilitate learning.

Online Curriculum Quick Guide  (ISBN-10: 1285418700 | ISBN-13: 9781285418704)

Practice Behaviors Workbook  (ISBN-10: 1285418670 | ISBN-13: 9781285418674)

This innovative, all-new practice-oriented workbook includes experiential learning exercises explicitly aligned to the practice behaviors recommended in the Council on Social Work Education's (CSWE) Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS). The workbook encourages students to begin developing their skills with social work practice behaviors through case-based exercises, short answer ethical questions, critical-thinking questions, and role-play exercises in class or as activity assignments to be done outside of class.

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Student Supplements

Practice Behaviors Workbook  (ISBN-10: 1285418670 | ISBN-13: 9781285418674)

This innovative, all-new practice-oriented workbook includes experiential learning exercises explicitly aligned to the practice behaviors recommended in the Council on Social Work Education's (CSWE) Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS). The workbook encourages you to begin developing your skills with social work practice behaviors through case-based exercises, short-answer ethical questions, critical-thinking questions, and role-play exercises.

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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.