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Rural Social Work Practice

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ISBN-10: 0231129327

ISBN-13: 9780231129329

Edition: 2005

Authors: Nancy Lohmann, Roger A. Lohmann

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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.
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Book details

List price: $95.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 10/26/2005
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 376
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

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.

The Context of Practice
Social Work in Rural America: Lessons from the Past and Trends for the Future
Rural Poverty and Welfare Reform: Challenges and Opportunities
Wired for the Future? The Impact of Information and Telecommunications Technology on Rural Social Work
The Distribution of Nonprofit Social Service Organizations along the Rural-Urban Continuum
The Third Sector in Rural America
Dual Relationships in Rural Communities
Rural Community-Building Strategies
The Multiple Roles of a Rural Administrator
Photographs by Neal Newfield
Client Populations and Fields of Practice
Services for the Chronically Mentally Ill in Rural Areas
Directions in Rural Mental Health Practice
The Health of Rural Minorities
Gay Men and Lesbians in Rural Areas: Acknowledging, Valuing, and Empowering This Stigmatized Invisible People
The Role of Religiousness/Spirituality and Social Support on Subjective Well-being Among People Living with HIV/AIDS in Rural Communities
Demographic Characteristics of the Rural Elderly
Education for Practice
Social Work Education for Rural Practice
Epilogue: What Is Rural Practice?
List of Contributors