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Congratulations ACOSA Scholars

We invite ACOSA members to please let us know when they have a publication - book, journal article or other form,

along with a brief description of the piece and how members can have access to it.



Field Note-Integrating Policy and Political Content in BSW and MSW Field Placements

Suzanne Pritzker & Shannon R. Lane


Practice incorporating policy and political social work is a key component of the social work profession and an area in which students would benefit from exposure during social work education. Field education presents a significant opportunity for students to develop policy and political practice skills; however, individual and structural barriers may prevent students from developing practice experience in this area. Based on a survey of bachelor of social work and master of social work field directors in the United States, this field note examines the current state of policy and political practice field opportunities and examines barriers to offering such opportunities more widely. Ideas to facilitate these field opportunities, including curriculum-wide education about policy practice, relationship building, creativity, and identifying diverse placement sites, are presented.

Promoting Community Change: Making It Happen in the Real World, 6th Edition

Mark S. Homan

Designed for students who want to move beyond the theoretical discussion of community and become effective agents of change, PROMOTING COMMUNITY CHANGE, 6th Edition addresses the real-world issues facing professionals in social work, human services, and community health. By emphasizing the role a strengthened community can play in preventing and solving the problems commonly experienced by individuals and families, the author gives students the tools they need to improve the lives of individual clients as well as entire communities. Students learn to identify the issues related to change so that they can bring clients, families, and other community members together to build a healthier community for themselves, their families, and their neighbors.

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Please congratulate ACOSA scholars Jack Rothman and Terry Mizrahi for their social work commentary on Micro/Macro Balance: Balancing Micro and Macro Practice: A Challenge for Social Work. This article presents a well-reasoned and documented case for materially raising the standing of macro practice in social work. Members are encouraged to send it, possibly with a personal note, to their deans and fellow faculty members, either those who are already likely to join the effort or others who might be candidates for a modicum of persuasion. Such background support will be invaluable for the Special Commission when it issues its proposals.

Please also congratulate the following ACOSA scholars for their articles which appeared in the Jan 2014 issue of Social Work (Volume 59, Number 1): Contemporary Social Work Licensure: Implications for Macro Social Work Practice and Education (ACOSA scholars: Linda Plitt Donaldson, Katharine Hill, Sarah Ferguson, Sondra Fogel, Christina Erickson), Rural North Dakota's Oil Boom and Its Impact on Social Services (ACOSA scholars: Bret Weber, Carenlee Barkdull), Ten Emerging "Communities" for Social Work Education and Practice (ACOSA scholar:Jerry Marx).

ACOSA would also like to recognize and congratulate Julia Geigle for co-authoring Rural North Dakota's Oil Boom and Its Impact on Social Services with Bret Weber and Carenlee Barkdull.


What a great showing for macro scholars!