43 Essential Policies for Human Services Professionals, by Gerald V. O’Brien, boils down key policies to their most essential elements: historical overview and nature of the social problem, policy overview, and effectiveness. Analysis elements address issues related to the policy, such as trigger events, problem framing, social engineering, covert rationales, unintended consequences, target efficiency, and governmental responsibility.
This thought-provoking and reader-friendly text prepares students for class engagement, lobbying activities, meeting with legislators, and serving their local communities. It fulfills the basic need of all social workers to understand the historical roots of oppression, to advocate for their clients’ access to services, and to advance social and economic justice.
Economic Well-Being: An Introduction, by Deborah M. Figart and Ellen Mutari, introduces the reader to key economic indicators used to define problems, such as unemployment and underemployment, inflation, recessions, income and wealth inequality, poverty, and discrimination.
Such evidence can be crucial for justifying budgets, projecting needs, and writing grant proposals. Written from a modern, pluralist perspective, the text shows why economists and policymakers disagree about regulations, social welfare programs, government spending, and tax policies designed to address these economic problems.
Empowering Clinical Social Work Practice in a Time of Global Economic Distress, edited by Janice Berry Edwards and Linda Openshaw, starts with a discussion of poverty and relevant global social policies, and explores how economic distress exacerbates already stressful situations, and how those challenges surface in clinical practice.
The ensuing chapters examine poverty and its impact on children and adolescents, older adults, adults with disabilities, veterans, immigrants, and other vulnerable groups. Financial insecurity is viewed through the lens of everyday clinical practice and how it interacts with trauma, attachment theory, psychopathology, and psychopharmacology.
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