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

ISBN-10: 0205828515
ISBN-13: 9780205828517
Edition: 2013 (Revised)
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Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Pearson Education, Limited
Publication date: 9/7/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 8.00" wide x 9.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.408
Language: English

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 lawEngage in policy practice Note: MySearchLab does not come automatically packaged with this text. To purchase MySearchLab, please visit: www.mysearchlab.com or you can purchase a ValuePack of the text + MySearchLab (at no additional cost): ValuePack ISBN-10: 0205223079 / ValuePack ISBN-13: 9780205223077.

Preface
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
Social Workers and Political Action: Three Relevant Historical Periods
The Settlement House Movement (Late 1800s)
Franklin Delano Roosevelt's 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 and Politics
Neoliberals
Think Tanks
Political Parties in the United States
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 United States?
Legislators and Their Staffers
Advocacy Groups
Political Action Committees
Lobbyists
Policy Institutes or Think Tanks
Policy-Making Settings in the United States
Levels and Branches of Government
The Federal Government
Executive Branch: The President of the United States, Cabinet, and Federal Agencies
Legislative Branch: The United States Congress
State Government
Executive Branch: Governors and State Agencies
Legislative Branch: State Legislatures
Local Government: Councils, Commissions, Mayors, and Chairs
Six Stages of the Policy Changes 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
Elections
Fund-Raising
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
Campaign Staff
Lobbyist (Contract vs. 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 Health Care Programs in the United States
Medicaid
Medicare
CHIP
VA System
What Is Single-Payer Health Care?
The Mad as Hell Doctors Tour
The Goal and the Strategy
Was the Mad as Hell Doctors Tour a Success?
Health 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
Time Line of Mental Health Advocacy in the United States
Overview of the U.S. Mental Health Care System
Mental Health Parity
How the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equality Act of 2008 was Passed Into Law
First Parity Law Is Passed (Small Step Forward)
Stagnation due to Political Opposition From the Republican Party
True Parity Is Finally Achieved
The Strategy
Looking to the Future: The Criminalization of the Mentally Ill
Practice Test
Mysearchlab Connections
From Civil Rights to Immigrant Rights
Laws and Court Cases Outlawing Discrimination
Immigration
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 United States
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 and Hunger
Child Abuse and Neglect
Infant Mortality
Health
Why Has the United States Failed to Ratify the CRC?
The Emergence of the Campaign for U.S. Ratification of the CRC
What Is the Current Status of the CRC in the United States?
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
Aging Policy and 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 (ODWDA)
Washington State's Death with Dignity Act
How the Washington State Death with Dignity Act Was Passed
The Opposition
Montana Becomes the Third State to Decriminalize Physician-Assisted Suicide
Next Steps for the Death with Dignity Movement
Practice Test
Mysearchlab Connections
Using the Judicial System to Effect Change
Social Work and 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's Legal Defense Fund
Jaffee v. Redmond (1996)
In re Matter of Adoption of X.X.G. and N.R.G. (2010)
Graham v. Florida (2010)
Kennedy v. Louisiana (2008)
Overview of the U.S. Judicial System
Federal Judiciary
The United States Supreme Court
The Federal Circuit Courts of Appeals
The Federal District Courts
State Supreme Courts, State Appeals Courts, and State Courts
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?
Spending
Funding for Federal Programs
Why Is the U.S. Government in Debt?
State Budgets
American Exceptionalism 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
Immigration
Older Adults and Aging
Equal Rights for LGBT Individuals
Returning Veterans
Poverty and 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
What Strategies Have Been Used by the Answer Coalition to Pass the SWRA?
What Have Been the Biggest Barriers to the Passage of the SWRA?
All Social Work Is Political
Practice Test
Mysearchlab Connections
References
Photo Credits
Index

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