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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.

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

Karen K. Kirst-Ashman, BSW, MSSW, and PhD, was a full professor and a former chairperson in the Social Work Department at the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater, where she taught for 28 years. She is certified as a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Wisconsin and has worked as a practitioner and administrator in child welfare and mental health agencies. She received the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater's Excellence in Teaching Award in 1986 and its Outstanding Teaching Award in 2007. She has been a member of the board of directors of the Council on Social Work Education in addition to being an accreditation site visitor, and is a current member of BPD and NASW. She 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. She is the author of numerous publications, articles, and reviews concerning social work and women's issues. Other books she has authored or coauthored include INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL WORK AND SOCIAL WELFARE: CRITICAL THINKING PERSPECTIVES (5th ed); HUMAN BEHAVIOR IN THE MACRO SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT: AN EMPOWERMENT APPROACH TO UNDERSTANDING COMMUNITIES, ORGANIZATION, AND GROUPS (4th ed); GENERALIST PRACTICE WITH ORGANIZATIONS AND COMMUNITIES (5th ed); THE MACRO SKILLS WORKBOOK (2nd ed); and UNDERSTANDING GENERALIST PRACTICE (8th ed).
  • "Helping Hands" icons, incorporated throughout the book, link content to competencies and practice behaviors as defined in the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS).
  • 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.
  • "At a Glance" boxes summarize theories and some of the more complicated issues, aiding review and retention.
  • InfoTrac® Student Collections are specialized databases expertly drawn from the Gale Academic One library. Each InfoTrac® Student Collection enhances the student learning experience in the specific course area related to the product. These specialized databases allow access to hundreds of scholarly and popular publications - all reliable sources - including journals, encyclopedias, and academic reports. Learn more and access at: http://gocengage.com/infotrac.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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.

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"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."

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Online Test Bank

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Practice Behaviors Workbook

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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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Practice Behaviors Workbook

ISBN: 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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