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Posted: September 30, 2018

Dear Friends and Supporters,


I am pleased to release the 2018 Memphis Poverty Fact Sheet.


I trust you will find it useful and worthwhile.



Elena Delavega, PhD, MSW

Associate Professor & MSW Program Coordinator

School of Social Work

Associate Director of the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change


The University of Memphis

232 McCord Hall

Memphis, TN 38152

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Memphis Poverty Fact Sheet:


Posted: September 11, 2018

NEW BOOK! Financial Capability and Asset Building in Vulnerable Households: Theory and Practice

Margaret Sherraden, Julie Birkenmaier, and J. Michael Collins

Want to equip your students with skills to help clients with financial troubles?

Looking for a resource to integrate the Grand Challenge for Social Work "Financial Capability for All" in your curriculum?

Financial Capability and Asset Building in Vulnerable Households: Theory and Practice is the first textbook that prepares social workers, counselors, therapists, and other human service professionals for financial practice with low-income and vulnerable families. It provides up-to-date knowledge and tools to assist families in difficult financial circumstances, and prepares professionals to take part in improving policies and services.

Throughout the book, four detailed case studies, representing diverse families, provide examples of real financial challenges faced by millions of low-income families.  The cases illustrate key concepts and highlight the many ways practitioners can help. These "real-world" cases provide needed context that helps students understand the concepts, and see how social workers intervene with client finances.

The book is written for social workers and other professionals who work with vulnerable families. It provides an historical perspective on economic inequality. It approaches financial practice using a lifespan perspective of financial development, and emphasizes the environmental influences that shape financial behavior and circumstances. The authors include practice at all levels, including building organizational and community capacity and reforming social policies.

It is an essential text for preparing practitioners to improve financial well-being in vulnerable families.

"Rather than just help individuals balance their budget, Financial Capability and Asset Building in Vulnerable Households importantly encourages human service workers to engage in financial practice with low-income families based on the relationship between individuals and their environment. . . . The authors rightly argue that family financial well-being, key to future economic security, is not possible without public policies that support many financial opportunities."

- Mimi Abramovitz, Bertha Capen Reynolds Professor of Social Policy, Silberman School of Social Work, Hunter College, City University of New York

View Book Information



Posted: February 26, 2017

Austin, M. J., Anthony, E. K., Tolleson Knee, R., & Mathias, J.. (2016). Revisiting the relationship between micro and macro

social work. Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services, 97(4), 270-277. doi: 10.1606/1044-3894.2016.97.33


Posted: February 28, 2016

Hodge, D.R., Zidan, T., Husain, A. (2016). Depression among Muslims in the United States: Examining the role of discrimination and spirituality as risk and protective factors. Social Work 61(1), 45-52.


Hodge, D. R., Zidan, T., & Husain, A. (2015). Developing a model of wellness among Muslims: Examining the role of spirituality. British Journal of Social Work, bcv099, 1-19.

Hodge, D.R., Zidan, T., Husain, A. (2015). Correlates of self-rated health among Muslims in the United States. Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services 96(4), 284-291.

Ishizuka, K. E., Husain, A. (2015). Anti-oppressive social work practices. Social Work Desk Reference, 969-980.


Re-Envisioning Macro Social Work Practice Bowen McBeath, Portland State University


September 2, 2015

New Book on Challenging the Militarization of Schools

Counter-Recruitment and the Campaign to Demilitarize Public Schools

(Palgrave Macmillan) by Scott Harding and Seth Kershner.

The book describes the various tactics used in military counter-recruitment, drawing from dozens of interviews carried out between 2012 and 2014.  It also discusses case studies of successful organizing and advocacy, both past and present.

A flyer for the book is here.

Scott Harding is Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the School of Social Work, University of Connecticut, and a former Editor of the Journal of Community Practice.

Seth Kershner is an independent writer and researcher whose primary focus is the U.S. military's growing presence in public schools.

More information about the book is available at:


August 10, 2015

Brady, S.R., Young, J.A., & McLeod, D.A. (2015). Utilizing Digital Advocacy in Community Organizing: Lessons Learned from Organizing in Virtual Spaces to Promote Worker Rights and Economic Justice. Journal of Community Practice., 23, 255-273. doi: 10.1080/10705422.2015.1027803

Brady, S.R. , Young, J.A., & McLeod, D.A. (2015). Harnessing the power of social media in social work education: Developing ethical guidelines and best practices for utilizing social media in the classroom. Advances, 16, 43-54. Retrieved from:



June 22, 2015

Here's another article co-written by one of ACOSA's members, which will be appearing in the July issue of

Social Work:

Going "Macro": Exploring the Careers of Macro Practitioners

Suzanne Pritzker and Steven R. Applewhite


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)

Hi Colleagues,
Thought I would share this hot-off-the press op-ed that I got published in the Oregonian. Might be useful for a good old fashioned in-class student debate!


Jessica A. Ritter, Ph.D, MSSW, BSW
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
Office: 503.352.2742503.352.2742 | Fax: 503.352.3195  | This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



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: 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.
Assistant Professor
University of Montana
School of Social Work
32 Campus Drive
110 Jeanette Rankin Hall
Missoula, Montana 59812-4680
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I am pleased to inform you that a second article was published on Taylor & Francis Online this week entitled, "The Cost of Good Intentions: Thermal Discomfort in Traditional Public Housing Units With Preset Thermostats." The first 50 people can access the article for free with this link

If you would like to access the article, but are unable please let me know.

Laurie A. Walker, M.S.W., Ph.D.



  • 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).