Social Work Policy Practice Changing Our Community, Nation, and the World

ISBN-10: 0205223079

ISBN-13: 9780205223077

Edition: 2013

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Demonstrates why policy-making is a critical and exciting dimension of social work practice. Social Work Policy Practice engages students by showing how the mission of social justice and the person-in-environment perspective sets social work apart from other helping professions in the United States. Part of the Connecting Core Competencies Series, this text introduces students to social work policy practice in the United States and describes how policies are enacted into law as well as how to engage in policy practice. It includes compelling stories of advocates, activists, and organizations who try to make change in the political and/or legal arenas on behalf of vulnerable populations. The final chapters of the text focus on the economics that surround the policy change process and take a look toward the future. Upon completing this book readers will be able to: Understand the importance of social work policy practice Describe how social work policies are made into law Engage in policy practice Note: MySearchLab does not come automatically packaged with this text. To purchase MySearchLab, please visit: or you can purchase a ValuePack of the text + MySearchLab (at no additional cost): ValuePack ISBN-10: 0205223079 / ValuePack ISBN-13: 9780205223077.
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List price: $91.27
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 9/10/2012
Binding: Mixed Media
Size: 8.00" wide x 9.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Policy Practice: the Hidden Side of Social Work
Evolution of Social Welfare Legislation in the U.S.
the Role of 'Values' in the Political Arena
Social Workers in Action: the Six Stages of the Policy Change Process
When Wearing Buttons Isn't Enough
Health Care Policies and Programs
Mental Health Advocacy Mental illness
From Civil Rights to Immigrant Rights
Child Welfare and Children's Rights
the Controversy over End-of-Life Policies
Using the Judicial System to affect change
the Politics of Economics
A look to the future
Policy Practice: the Hidden Side of Social Work
Social work's commitment to social justice
The debate between the micro changers and the macro changers
Has social work abandoned its mission of social justice?
Are social workers adequately prepared for policy work?
Is all social work political?
What exactly is policy practice?
Social welfare policy
Are social workers active enough politically?
Being the voice of the voiceless
Can all problems be solved with legislation?
Work settings for social workers engaged in policy practice
Practice Test
MySearchLab Connections
Evolution of Social Welfare Legislation in the U.S.
The Settlement House Movement (late 1800s)
Franklin Delano Roosevelt's (FDR) New Deal
Lyndon B. Johnson's Great Society and War on Poverty
The Rise of Conservatism and the Decline of Social Responsibility
Practice Test
MySearchLab Connections
the Role of 'Values' in the Political Arena
It's all about values
American values
Political ideology
Why can't liberals and conservatives get along?
Religion & politics
Think Tanks
Political Parties in the U.S.
The tea party movement
Occupy Wall Street
Are all social workers liberal?
Practice Test
MySearchLab Connections
Social Workers in Action: the Six Stages of the Policy Change Process
Who makes policy in the U.S.?
Policy making settings in the U.S.
Civics 101: Levels and branches of government
The Federal government
State government
Local government
Six stages of the policy change process
Problem definition stage
Agenda setting
Policy formulation
Passage of the policy
Policy implementation
Evaluating the policy change
Final Thoughts
Practice Test
MySearchLab Connections
When Wearing Buttons Isn't Enough
Opportunities for Social Work Students
Volunteering your time
Join an Organization
Influencing Legislation
How Do I Find the Time to Volunteer?
Career options in the political arena
Executive Director of an Advocacy Organization
Policy Staff (related titles: Policy Director/Policy Associate/Policy Analyst)
Public Affairs Director or Public Affairs Staff
Lobbyist (contract vs. on-staff)
Legislative Staff
Consider Running for Office
Practice Test
MySearchLab Connections
Health Care Policies and Programs
What is the problem?
Overview of major government funded healthcare programs in the U.S.
What is single-payer health care?
The mad as hell doctors tour
Heath insurance reform under President Obama
The conservative response to health care reform ("obamaCare")
The patient protection and affordable care act
Practice Test
MySearchLab Connections
Mental Health Advocacy Mental illness
Timeline of mental health advocacy in the U.S.
Mental health parity
How the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici mental health parity and addiction equality act was passed into law
Phase i: first parity law in passed (small step forward)
Phase ii: stagnation due to political opposition from the Republican Party
Phase iii: true parity is finally achieved
Practice Test
MySearchLab Connections
From Civil Rights to Immigrant Rights
Laws and court cases outlawing discrimination
Illegal immigration
Advocates of comprehensive immigration reform
Opponents of comprehensive immigration reform
What now?
Arizona's support our law enforcement and safe neighborhoods act (SB 1070)
What is the dream act?
Who supports the dream act?
Who opposes the dream act?
What strategies have been used to get it passed into law?
Papers, stories of undocumented youth (the movie)
What is the current status of the dream act?
Practice Test
MySearchLab Connections
Child Welfare and Children's Rights
Child maltreatment in the U.S.
Child welfare legislation
What is the un convention on the rights of the child?
International human rights treaties
The controversy over the CRC in the United States
What is the problem that the CRC is addressing?
Poverty & Hunger
Child Abuse & Neglect
Infant mortality
Why has the U.S. failed to ratify the CRC?
The emergence of the campaign for the ratification of the CRC
What is the current status of the U.N. CRC in the U.S.?
Case example: social work students at pacific university Oregon. Think globally, act locally
State level child welfare advocacy efforts
Educational stability of foster youth
Supporting relative caregivers of children in foster care
Final Thoughts
Practice Test
MySearch Lab Connections
the Controversy over End-of-Life Policies
Policies affecting older adults
The social security program
End-of-life policies
The death with dignity act
What was the impetus behind the death with dignity act?
What is the death with dignity act?
The controversy over the death with dignity act
How the death with dignity act became law
Oregon's death with dignity act
Washington state's death with dignity act
How the act was passed
A coalition is formed
Official campaign is launched
the Death with Dignity Act is certified for the ballot
Money is raised
Allies lend their support and endorse the Campaign
Media campaign & the importance of framing the issue
The opposition
Next steps for the death with dignity movement
Practice Test
MySearchLab Connections
Using the Judicial System to affect change
Social work & legal practice
Disability advocates versus the state of New York
The fight over marriage equality in California (proposition 8)
Children's rights: working to reform the nation's failing child welfare systems
NASW legal defense fund
Jaffee v Redmond (1996)
In re Matter of Adoption of X.X.G. and N.R.G.
Graham v. Florida (2010)
Kennedy v Louisiana (2008)
Overview of the U.S. judicial system
Federal judiciary
The Federal Circuit Court of Appeals
The Federal District Courts
State Supreme Courts, state appeals courts, state courts
The United States Supreme Court
State Supreme Courts
State Court of Appeals
State Trial Courts and Specialty Courts
Final thoughts
Practice Test
MySearchLab Connections
the Politics of Economics
Political economy
Revenues ("taxes 101")
Progressive versus regressive taxation
Taxes---who carries the burden?
Funding for federal programs
Why is the U.S. government in debt?
State budgets
American excpetionalism or welfare exceptionalism?
Policies that promote poverty reduction
Practice Test
MySearchLab Connections
A look to the future
Hot button political issues on the horizon of interest to social work
Older adults and aging
Equal rights for LGBT individuals
Returning veterans
Poverty & income inequality
The welfare of children
Reforming government so that it operates in the interest of the people
Getting government to invest in the social work profession
What are the biggest problems facing the social work profession?
Overview of the social work reinvestment act (SWRA)
What strategies have been used by the answer coalition to pass the SWRA?
What have been the biggest barriers to passage of the SWRA?
All social work is political
Practice Test
MySearchLab Connections
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