Affecting Change: Social Workers in the Political Arena (7th Revised edition)

Affecting Change: Social Workers in the Political Arena (7th Revised edition)

By: K.S. Haynes (author), James S Mickelson (author)Paperback

2 - 4 weeks availability

Description

This step-by-step guide contains ideas and strategies to help students become better advocates in the political arena and develop their political action skills. It has been updated to reflect advances in a changing political arena of Obama's administration and contains 17 new personal scenarios involving social workers who have made a difference-senators, representatives, and officials in the political arena-serve to inspire students

Create a review

About Author

Karen S. Haynes Dr. Haynes has been the president of California State University San Marcos, since 2004. Prior to arriving in California, she was the president of the University of Houston-Victoria for nine years, and served as the dean of the University of Houston Graduate School of Social Work for ten years. She serves on several regional boards and is the Presidential Sponsor for Southern California American Council on Education's Network of Women in Higher Education. She has authored articles on political social work and published other books including ADream and a Plan: A Woman's Path to Leadership in Human Services (with Lorrie Greenhouse Gardella, 2004), Women Managers in Human Services (1989), and Invitation to Social Work (with Karen A. Holmes, 1994). She was the first chair of the Indiana Political Action Committee for Human Services (1978) and the co-creator of the first Students Day at the Texas Legislature (1992). As dean, she helped create the only graduate program in the nation with a political social work concentration. She holds a PhD. from the University of Texas at Austin; an MSW from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada; and an AB from Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland. Her admonition that "all social work is political" is heartfelt as is her argument during her tenure in two presidencies that she has not "left social work", but has brought social work values into the presidency. James S. Mickelson Mr. Mickelson is Director of ACE Scholars Services at California State University San Marcos a program that assists former foster youth in obtaining a college degree, where he has been since 2007. Prior to that, he was president and chief executive officer (and founder) of CHILDREN AT RISK, a children's (class) advocacy organization in Houston, Texas and on the faculty of Texas State University - San Marcos school of social work. He has served on many boards and committees that address the needs of children and has served as a political appointee on children welfare commissions. He has authored many professional articles and contributed the section on advocacy to the Encyclopedia of Social Work, 19th edition. Mr. Mickelson has contributed numerous editorials to local newspapers and has written and lectured about liyouthism"-the discriminatory treatment of children-which he believes is a major factor contributing to the plight of today's children. Mr. Mickelson received a B.S. from Colorado State University - Pueblo and an MSW from Wayne State University. His more than thirty years of social work practice in child welfare has been combined with political action to ensure social justice for children. He has been described by the Houston Chronicle as lithe most persistent child advocate in town," which he takes as a supreme compliment.

Contents

Foreword by Senator Barbara A. Mikulski Preface About the Authors 1 All Social Work Is Political The Time is Now Reference 2 Social Work Values versus Politics The Professional Code of Ethics Primary Principles: Social Justice and Empowerment Specialization versus Systemic Solutions Self-Determination versus Compromise Emotional Neutrality versus Client Self-Interest Impartiality versus Partisan Politics Conclusion All Social Work is Political, so... Suggested Readings References 3 The Emergence of a Social Work Polity The Reform Period The New Deal and Beyond The War on Poverty Social Action Models Federalism The New Federalism The 1990s The George "Dubya" Bush Era Conclusion All Social Work is Political, so... Suggested Readings References 4 The Debate Some Perspectives When Karen Met Harry: Unfaithful Angels Disputed Conclusion All Social Work is Political, so... Suggested Readings References 5 Policy Models for Political Advocacy Models Defined Institutional Model Process Model Group Theory Model Elite Theory Model Rational Model Incremental Model A Proactive Approach to Policy Development Policy Analysis Policy Evaluation Effort Quality Effectiveness Efficiency Conclusion All Social Work is Political, so... Suggested Readings References 6 The Practitioner's Influence on Policy Information Dissemination Documentation Testimony Expert Witness Written Communication Client Empowerment Enabler/Advocate Role Evaluator/Consultant Role Voter Registration Hatch Act The Executive's Role in Influencing Policy Influencing Policy: An Illustration Conclusion All Social Work is Political, so... Suggested Readings References 7 Influence through Lobbying Social Work Skills in the Political Process The Political Process The Politician The Informal Political Process Lobbying Groundwork Goal Setting Strategy Setting Lobbying Methods Letter Writing Telephoning Face-to-Face Lobbying Testifying Lobbying and Nonprofits Conclusion All Social Work is Political, so... Suggested Readings References 8 Tools to Influence and Organize Others Ten Phases of a Social Movement Strategy Coalition Building Gimmicks Technology Using the Media Newspapers Radio Television Examples of Organizing Others Conclusion All Social Work is Political, so... Suggested Readings References 9 Monitoring the Bureaucracy Promulgating the Rules Rule Implementation and Agency Compliance Budget Allocations Administrative Changes or Executive Orders Social Work Skills Conclusion All Social Work is Political, so... Suggested Readings References 10 The Campaign Components of the Campaign Time Money People Campaign Management The Campaign Manager: Who Really Runs the Campaign? Voter Contact Targeting Issues Social Workers and Campaigns What to Expect When Volunteering Political Action Committees How to Volunteer for a Campaign Conclusion All Social Work is Political, so... Suggested Readings References 11Social Workers as Politicians Respondent Characteristics Deciding to Run Building a Constituent Base Campaigning Realities of Office Recommendations Conclusion All Social Work is Political, so... Suggested Readings References 12 Your Time is Now Where to Start Just Do It Do It Early People Influence People You Can Make a Difference Advocacy Is Not for Wimps Speak Out Just Say No Your Time is Now Conclusion All Social Work is Political, so. Suggested Reading References Glossary of Legislative Terms Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 04/11/2009
  • ISBN13: 9780205763689
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 240
  • ID: 9780205763689
  • weight: 272
  • ISBN10: 0205763685
  • edition: 7th Revised edition

Delivery Information

  • Saver Delivery: Yes
  • 1st Class Delivery: Yes
  • Courier Delivery: Yes
  • Store Delivery: Yes

Prices are for internet purchases only. Prices and availability in WHSmith Stores may vary significantly

Close