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  • 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).