Rural Social Work

Author: T. Laine Scales
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118672984
Format: PDF, Kindle
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A thoughtful text integrating strengths, assets, and capacity-building themes with contemporary issues in rural social work practice Now in its second edition, Rural Social Work is a collection of contributed readings from social work scholars, students, and practitioners presenting a framework for resource building based on the strengths, assets, and capacities of people, a tool essential for working with rural communities. This guide considers methods for social workers to participate in the work of sustaining rural communities. Each chapter features a reading integrating the themes of capacity-building and rural social work; discussion questions that facilitate critical thinking around the chapter; and suggested activities and assignments. Rural Social Work, Second Edition explores: Important practice issues in rural communities, including the challenges of working with stigmatized populations such as gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered people, the homeless, and people living with HIV/AIDS Practice models that hold special promise for rural social workers, including evidence-based practice and community partnership models Newer research tools such as asset mapping, social network analysis, concept mapping, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Exploring how social workers can integrate the tremendous resources that exist in rural communities into their practice, Rural Social Work, Second Edition provides a solid introduction to the complex, challenging, and rewarding work of building and sustaining rural communities.

Rural Social Work Building and Sustaining Community Capacity

Author: CTI Reviews
Publisher: Cram101 Textbook Reviews
ISBN: 1490281258
Format: PDF, Docs
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Facts101 is your complete guide to Rural Social Work, Building and Sustaining Community Capacity. In this book, you will learn topics such as as those in your book plus much more. With key features such as key terms, people and places, Facts101 gives you all the information you need to prepare for your next exam. Our practice tests are specific to the textbook and we have designed tools to make the most of your limited study time.

Unfaithful Angels

Author: Harry Specht
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1439108714
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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In this provocative examination of the fall of the profession of social work from its original mission to aid and serve the underprivileged, Harry Specht and Mark Courtney show how America's excessive trust in individualistic solutions to social problems have led to the abandonment of the poor in this country. A large proportion of all certified social workers today have left the social services to enter private practice, thereby turning to the middle class -- those who can afford psychotherapy -- and away from the poor. As Specht and Courtney persuasively demonstrate, if social work continues to drift in this direction there is good reason to expect that the profession will be entirely engulfed by psychotherapy within the next twenty years, leaving a huge gap in the provision of social services traditionally filled by social workers. The authors examine the waste of public funds this trend occasions, as social workers educated with public money abandon community service in increasing numbers.

Rural Social Work Practice

Author: Nancy Lohmann
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231129335
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Featuring contributions from practitioners, researchers, and academics, this volume synthesizes and analyzes current trends in rural social work practice and considers the most effective ways to serve rural communities. Contributors consider the history and development of rural social work from its beginnings to the present day, addressing the value of the Internet and other new information technologies in helping clients. They also examine the effects of nonprofit organizations and welfare reform on poor rural areas. 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 faced by 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.

Human Services as Complex Organizations

Author: Yeheskel Hasenfeld
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1412956935
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Since the first edition was published in 1992, there has been a tremendous amount of change in the arena of human services organizations. This book in many ways laid a critical framework of viewing human service organizations as a separate entity than mainstream organizations and management. It sets the foundation to view human services differently because human services organizations work on people and therefore have a different set of principles to take into consideration. It presented the idea of viewing human services organizations as organizations that process people as raw material (people processing or people changing). The new edition will pay particular attention to the cultural perspective and social justice as well as the feminist approach and the view that human services organizations are gendered (i.e., that mostly women work in human services except for men in management). It also will address the issue of advocacy and agents of social change.

Rural Child Welfare Practice

Author: Joanne Riebschleger
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0190870427
Format: PDF, ePub
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Rural Child Welfare Practice provides students and practitioners with case studies about rural people as a diverse group, a topic rarely taught. This means that millions of rural people spread across the majority of the land in the United States, Canada, and Australia may not receiveculturally-sensitive rural child welfare services. The casebook is drawn from real stories of rural child welfare practice. It displays lessons learned from people working in the services "field" of child welfare, while set within the geographic expanses of the "fields" of rural land. The text has 18 chapters illustrating rural child welfare practice rewards, challenges, strategies, and practice wisdom. All of the stories were drawn from real rural child welfare practice cases. The rural settings include the south, north, east, west, and middle of the United States. There is aCanadian and an Australian chapter. The case vignettes include racial, ethnic, religious, sexual orientation, and rural diversity, with particular attention to working with Native American/American Indians as well as First Nation (Canada) and Aborigine (Australia) people. The book covers a widerange of child welfare services (such as protective services, kinship care, and adoption) and does this from a variety of perspectives. For example, some stories are told by mental health and health services providers with special attention to child and family voice. Generalist practiceinterventions are detailed. Each chapter provides background information with professional literature, a case vignette, "take away" learning application, summary. In addition, each chapter has discussion questions, learning/teaching activities, recommended resources/readings, and a bibliography. It is likely to be useful forstudents, professionals, and educators for learning what today's rural child welfare experts say must happen to engage in effective rural child welfare practice with children and families.

Consensus Organizing A Community Development Workbook

Author: Mary L. Ohmer
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISBN: 1483316955
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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A person doesn't have to be a consensus organizer to think like one. Consensus Organizing: A Community Development Workbook—A Comprehensive Guide to Designing, Implementing, and Evaluating Community Change Initiatives helps students and practitioners begin to think like consensus organizers and incorporate this way of strategic thinking into their lives and their work. Through a wide range of exercises, role-play activities, case scenarios, and discussion questions, this workbook presents the conceptual framework for consensus organizing and provides a practical and experiential approach to understanding and applying consensus organizing to address a range of issues. This workbook is designed to be used by itself or along with Mike Eichler's text Consensus Organizing: Building Communities of Mutual Self Interest (SAGE, 2007). Accompanying Website Instructors and students have access to the many activities and cases on the accompanying website at

Nacogdoches Integration and Segregation Then and Now

Author: Michelle Williams
Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
ISBN: 1622882008
Format: PDF
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Thomas J. Rusk Elementary School, in Nacogdoches, Texas, houses a carved stone dedication plaque in its gymnasium’s entryway. It reads “This gymnasium is dedicated to the White children of Nacogdoches.” In those days, Nacogdoches was unapologetically segregated. It was a matter of not only custom but also of law. In respect to segregation, Nacogdoches was little different than other communities in the Jim Crow South. Its location in Texas, however, helped to obscure this fact. While the US Supreme Court ended segregation in public schools on May 17, 1954, Nacogdoches schools were not forced to integrate until 1970. This book is comprised of essays that paint a portrait of Nacogdoches both before and after integration. Readers will find a collection of essays written by scholars but also by people who have firsthand experience in conflicts that arose in Nacogdoches after 1970. The essays focus upon both the objective, measurable dimensions of race in Nacogdoches, but also upon the actual lived experiences of African Americans in rural East Texas.

Rural Mental Health

Author: K. Bryant Smalley
Publisher: Springer Publishing Company
ISBN: 0826107990
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Addressing the needs of America's most underserved areas for mental health services, Rural Mental Health offers the most up-to-date, research-based information on policies and practice in rural and frontier populations. This highly readable book focuses on best practices and new models of service delivery in rural populations throughout the world, with a specific emphasis on those in the US. Eminent clinicians and researchers examine the complexities of improving mental health in rural practice and offer clear recommendations which can be adapted into current practice and training programs. Th