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Macro Practice in Social Work for the 21st Century

Macro Practice in Social Work for the 21st Century
Bridging the Macro-Micro Divide

Second Edition
  • Steve Burghardt - City University of New York (CUNY)—Hunter College School of Social Work and Partner in the Leadership Transformation Group, LLC

A cutting-edge focus on mindful, transformative social work practice for the 21st century

November 2013 | 512 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This project is a skills-based macro practice text for courses in social work community practice. The author has new interviews to draw on but will retain several of the original for variety, and he will walk the student through the career path of a macro practice practitioner. This book is different from other macro practice texts in that it is focused on building skills for effective practice through out the traditional macro social work career path. A key part of determining one's path and place in practice is to reflect on their own personal values and mission and keep those values alive throughout their career. This book aims to do so by containing reflective exercises and activities through out.

Some unique features of this text include:

- Differs from main competing texts in its effort to build skills and focus on reflection, growth and theory to practice application activities

- Allows students to get a concrete sense of what it means to be in macro practice by providing interviews of organizers, program developers, and administrative executives.

- Case studies in every chapter allow students to apply key concepts to actual cases in practice

- Author to provide DVD of interviews with community organizers and managers for student website

Introduction to the Second Edition: Focus, Outline, Learning Objectives, Competencies
Section One: Pre-Engagement
Chapter 1. Starting Before the Beginning: Historical Origins, Strategic Assumptions & Professional Development: The Creation of A Textbook
Chapter 2. Developing Pre-Engagement Skills through An Understanding of Context: “History Moves”
Section Two: Engagement
Chapter 3. Using Engagement Skills to Improve Community Assessments: Joining ‘Micro’ to ‘Macro’ through Tactical Self-Awareness
Chapter 4. The Unconscious in Organizing: The Struggle to Build Authentic Relationships in Community Interventions
Chapter 5. The Social Construction of Practice: Where ‘Macro’ and ‘Micro’ Meet on the Road Towards Personal and Community Transformation
Section Three: Relationship-Building
Chapter 6. “Embody the Change You Seek:” Leadership Development through Relationship-Building
Chapter 7. Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?: Building Effective Coalitions While Resolving The Not-So-Hidden Realities of Race, Gender, Class, Sexuality and Age In Everyday Practice
Section Four: Interventions
Chapter 8. From Checkers to Chess: The Strategic Development of A Community Practitioner
Chapter 9. Think Local, Act Global: A Case Example of 21st Century Macro Practice through the Power of Social Networking
Chapter 10: Expanding the Practitioner Toolkit: Social Workers Inside the Political Arena
Chapter 11: The Re-emergence of Environmental Activism Within Social Work by Kristin Lebeaveau & Meredith Ledlie
Section Five: Evaluation
Chapter 12. Crossing the Great Divide: A Grass Roots Organizer Evaluates How to be a Socially Committed Supervisor…and Beyond
Chapter 13. So Much Information, So Little Time: Human Service Executives’ Strategic, Evidence-Based Search for Social Justice
Chapter 14. Summing Up, Moving Forward: Key lessons and New Directions for 21st Century Practice Towards Personal & Social Transformation
About the Author

Looked a little too much like materials I had used for a previous course for the same students.

Professor Julia Kleinschmit
School Of Social Work, University Of Iowa
November 5, 2015

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 3

Chapter 8

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