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Here's another article co-written by one of ACOSA's members, which will be appearing in the July issue of
Going "Macro": Exploring the Careers of Macro Practitioners
Important benefits accrue to the profession and to its vulnerable clientele when social workers hold positions with substantial community or policy influence. However, fewer social workers are holding these positions than in the past, and student preferences to pursue macro-specific training have declined. To improve the social work profession's ability to recruit and educate students interested in competing for leadership positions in human services organizations, this article analyzes data from a survey of MSW graduates of a public school of social work located in the southwestern United States and currently working as macro practitioners. Findings indicate that macro social workers can successfully compete for mid-level and top-level administrative and policy positions, and provide evidence contrary to many of the concerns students express when deciding whether to pursue a macro concentration or career. The article concludes with a discussion of the implications for supporting and educating social work students interested in pursuing a macro practice career.
September 24, 2014
Op-ed: U.S. should ban spanking (Ritter)
Associate Professor & BSW Program Director | Claire Argow Social Work Program
Department Chair, Sociology, Anthropology, Social Work, & Public Health
Pacific University Oregon | 2043 College Way | Forest Grove, OR 97116
August 20, 2014
Hi! This is Laurie Walker who worked as a community organizer with Metro Organizations for People, now Together Colorado, in the Sun Valley neighborhood of Denver from 2007-2011.
I am pleased to inform you that an article authored by myself and Jean East entitled, "The Benefits of Including Engaged Residents and Professionals in Low-Income Neighborhood Redevelopment Planning Processes," has been published on Taylor & Francis Online. It is available at: http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/aX64s8ncEgzfN4XqA8km/full to the first 50 people that access it. Please let me know if you would like a copy of the article, but are unable to access the free version in the link above.
I am now working as an Assistant Professor at the University of Montana in Missoula after working at Arizona State University in Tucson for 2 years.
The information in the article was based on interviews with the professionals and residents working with the Resident Advisory Council process in 2007.
Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns about the attached article.
Laurie A. Walker, M.S.W., Ph.D.
University of Montana
School of Social Work
32 Campus Drive
110 Jeanette Rankin Hall
Missoula, Montana 59812-4680
If you would like to access the article, but are unable please let me know.
Laurie A. Walker, M.S.W., Ph.D.
- Marx, Jerry Don. "Ten Emerging "Communities" for Social Work Education and Practice." Social Work. 59.1 (2014)
- Weber, Bret A., Julia Geigle, and Carenlee Barkdull. "Rural North Dakota's Oil Boom and Its Impact on Social Services." Social Work. 59.1 (2014)
- Donaldson, Linda Plitt, Katharine Hill, Sarah Ferguson, Sondra Fogel, and Christina Erickson. "Contemporary Social Work Licensure: Implications for Macro Social Work Practice and Education." Social Work. 59.1 (2014)
- Rothman, Jack, and Terry Mizrahi. "Balancing Micro and Macro Practice: A Challenge for Social Work." Social Work. 59.1 (2014)
- Brooks, Fred (2013). One Hypothesis about the Decline and Fall of ACORN. Advance Access Publication.
- Burghardt, S. (2011). Macro Practice in Social Work for the 21st Century. Sage Publications.
- Green, D., Belanger, K., McRoy, R. & Bullard, L. (Eds.) (2011). Challenging racial disproportionality in child welfare: Research, policy and practice. Arlington, VA: CWLA Press.
The child welfare field recognizes that youth of some racial and ethnic backgrounds are overrepresented in the system. African American and American Indian children, for example, are overrepresented in out-of home care compared to their representation in the general population,while Hispanic overrepresentation can be variable. Why does this happen? What are the consequences? How can it be prevented? This new textbook from CWLA expands upon Child Welfare’s highly acclaimed 2008 special issue to answer these and other questions.
- Ersing, R., & Kost, K, A. (2011). Surving disaster: The role of social networks.
Disasters both man-made and natural strike every population. This book is a timely tool for disaster planning and relief efforts, exploring the impact community ties—strong and weak—have on response to and recovery from disasters. The book covers the basics of disaster response and the role of social networks, providing essential terminology, theories, analysis, and case examples, with descriptions of methods that worked and did not work for a variety of populations facing different types of disasters within and outside the United States.
Hardina, D. (2012). Interpersonal Social Work Skills for Community Practice. NY: Springer Publishing Co.
ACOSA members will receive a 20% discount with free shipping inside the US. ACOSA members should use code AIFS when they chcek out their order.
This textbook describes the essential interpersonal skills that social workers need in community practice and helps students cultivate them. Drawing from empirical literature on community social work practice and the author's own experience working with community organizers, the book focuses on developing the macro-level skills that are especially useful for community organizing. It covers relationship-building, interviewing, recruitment, community assessment, facilitating group decision-making and task planning, creating successful interventions, working with organizations, and program evaluation, along with examples of specific applications.ISBN-13: 9780826108111 - 512 pp.
- Kirst-Ashman, K. K., & Hull, G. H., Jr. (2012). Generalist practice with organizations and communities (5th ed.). Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole.
Brief Abstract: A generalist perspective emphasizes how micro, mezzo, and macro skills are interlinked. A wide range of specific skills used in work with and in organizations and communities are explained, and the practical application of these skills stressed. Target Audience: Practice courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels focusing on work with organizations and communities, or generalist practice.
- Kirst-Ashman, K. K., & Hull, G. H., Jr. (2012). Understanding generalist practice (6th ed.). Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole.
Brief Abstract: The text provides a generalist perspective for social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organization, and communities. A Generalist Intervention model guides workers through the planned change process, as well as elaborating upon skills necessary for working with individuals and families. Target Audience: At the undergraduate and graduate levels, introduction to generalist practice courses and courses stressing skill development for work with individuals and families.
- Marx, J.D., Broussard, A., Hopper, F., & Worster, D. (2011). Social work and social welfare: An introduction. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.
This text, which is part of the Pearson “Connecting Core Competency Series” of textbooks, introduces students to social work as a profession in the context of the American social welfare system. Students new to social work wonder what social workers do and how their work relates to other professions such as sociology, psychology, and counseling. Those entering the field can be intimidated by the thought of working with these other professions. What concrete skills do I bring to the interdisciplinary team? Will they respect my knowledge base as a social worker? Therefore, an underlying theme in this book is to show how social work and social welfare involve collaborative efforts in advancing social and economic well-being.
- Minkler, M. (Ed.) (2012). Community Organizing and community Building for Health and Welfare (3rd). NJ: Rutgers University Press.
This is an important resource fo great value for those studying public health, health education, social work, and theory-based program planning.
- Roberts-DeGennaro, M., & Fogel, S. J. (Eds.). (2011). Using evidence to inform practice for community and organizational change. Chicago: Lyceum Books.
This collection of research chapters demonstrates how the use of evidence-informed practice is applicable to communities and agencies. It begins with an explanation of what is evidence-informed practice. Chapters show how this approach is used in various settings (small agencies to large multi-site projects).