Throughout the book the authors help students logically develop practice with appropriate theoretical underpinnings and show them how they can be significant actors in larger systems. The authors chose to stress the use of the generalist model with larger systems and create an overarching integrated social work theory. In addition, they integrate possible practice responses with selected relevant human behavior knowledge. The authors stress critical thinking and problem solving which should help practitioners engage in relevant and accountable practices. The authors believe that when social workers feel comfortable and capable doing macropractice, they will then possess the necessary skills to help the community become empowered. This affordably priced core paperback is structured to be supplemented by additional readings and a teacher's own thoughts and social work experiences.
Thomas M. Meenaghan (PhD, MSW, Fordham University) is professor emeritus in the Ehrenkranz School of Social Work at New York University. He has practiced in the Institute of Urban Research, serves as a program proposal reviewer for the Department of Health and Human Services, and has been a member of the Commission on Accreditation of Social Work. He is the author of five books and several articles. W. Eugene Gibbons (DSW, MSW, University of Utah) is professor emeritus in the Graduate School of Social Work at Brigham Young University. He received the Knee/Whittman Lifetime Distinguished Service Award presented by the National Association of Social Workers in 2000. He has served on the Commission on Accreditation of Social Work. John G. McNutt (PhD, University of Tennessee, MSW, University of Alabama) is associate professor of social work and coordinator of the advanced practice concentration in communities and organizations at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. His research program looks at the use of Internet technology in social change. He has presented widely on advocacy, technology, and nonprofit organizations. He is also the moderator for the Nonprofit Informatics Research Group and the Electronic Advocacy Group.