Rural Social Work Practice

ISBN-10: 0231129335
ISBN-13: 9780231129336
Edition: 2008
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Description: To some, the news that rural America still exists may be a surprise. While rural areas have undergone dramatic changes over the last half-century, traditional social problems persist. Moreover, many of the social issues and problems associated with  More...

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Book details

List price: $32.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 3/28/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 376
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.078
Language: English

To some, the news that rural America still exists may be a surprise. While rural areas have undergone dramatic changes over the last half-century, traditional social problems persist. Moreover, many of the social issues and problems associated with urban populations-from AIDS to drug addiction-are also found in contemporary rural America. This comprehensive and much-needed volume explores the particular challenges associated with rural social work. With contributions from practitioners, researchers, and academics, this work synthesizes and analyzes current trends in rural social work practice and considers the most effective ways to serve rural communities. Following an introduction defining what is meant by "rural," the contributors consider the history and development of rural social work from its beginnings to the present-day influence of the Internet and other new information technologies in helping clients. Other recent trends examined include the work of nonprofit organizations and the effects of welfare reform on poor rural areas. In addressing various aspects of intervention in rural social work, the authors explore the multiple roles of rural social agency administrators and efforts at building stronger communities through community practice. Coverage of specific client populations and fields of practice includes services for rural mental healthcare; the chronically mentally ill; healthcare for minorities; and the challenges facing the elderly in rural areas. The contributors also consider issues affecting gays and lesbians living in rural communities and the role of religiosity and social support in the well-being of HIV/AIDS clients. The book concludes with a consideration of the unique issues associated with educating social workers for rural practice.

Roger A. Lohmann is professor of social work and chair of the nonprofit studies committee at West Virginia University. He is editor of Nonprofit Management and Leadershipand the author of Breaking Even: Financial Management in the Financial Servicesand The Commons: New Perspectives on Nonprofit Organization and Voluntary Action,which won the 1993 outstanding book award by the National Society of Fund Raising Executives.Nancy Lohmann is professor of social work and Senior Advisor to the Provost at West Virginia University. Other administrative positions that she has held at West Virginia University include Dean of the School of Social Work, Assistant Vice President for Faculty Development, and Senior Associate Provost for Academic Affairs. She has served on the CSWE Accreditation Commission and Board of Directors and is co-editor of Transitions of Aging.

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