Featuring contributions from practitioners, researchers, and academics, this volume synthesizes and analyzes current trends in rural social work practice and considers the most effective ways to serve rural communities. Contributors consider the history and development of rural social work from its beginnings to the present day, addressing the value of the Internet and other new information technologies in helping clients. They also examine the effects of nonprofit organizations and welfare reform on poor rural areas. Coverage of specific client populations and fields of practice includes services for rural mental healthcare; the chronically mentally ill; healthcare for minorities; and the challenges faced by the elderly in rural areas. The contributors also consider issues affecting gays and lesbians living in rural communities and the role of religiosity and social support in the well-being of HIV/AIDS clients. The book concludes with a consideration of the unique issues associated with educating social workers for rural practice.
Nancy Lohmann is a professor of social work at West Virginia University and senior adviser to the provost. She is the coeditor of Transitions of Aging.Roger Lohmann is a professor of social work at West Virginia University. He is the author of The Commons: New Perspectives on Nonprofit Organization and Voluntary Action and Breaking Even: Financial Management in Human Service Organizations and the editor of Nonprofit Management and Leadership. The Lohmanns are also the coauthors of Social Administration (Columbia).
Introduction (Roger A. Lohmann and Nancy Lohmann)Part I: The Context of Practice1. Social Work in Rural America: Lessons from the Past and Trends for the Future (Barry L. Locke and Jim Winship) 2. Rural Poverty and Welfare Reform: Challenges and Opportunities (Eleanor H. Blakely and Barry L. Locke)3. Wired for the Future? The Impact of Information and Telecommunications Technology on Rural Social Work (Norma H. Wasko)4. The Distribution of Nonprofit Social Service Organizations along the Rural-Urban Continuum (Mark A. Hager, Amy Brimer, and Thomas H. Pollak)5. The Third Sector in Rural America (Roger A. Lohmann)Part II: Interventions6. Dual Relationships in Rural Communities (Warren B. Galbreath)7. Rural Community-Building Strategies (Dennis L. Poole)8. The Multiple Roles of a Rural Administrator (Nancy Lohmann and Roger A. Lohmann)Part III: Client Populations and Fields of Practice9. Services for the Chronically Mentally Ill in Rural Areas (Elizabeth Randall)10. Directions in Rural Mental Health Practice (Elizabeth Randall and Dennis Vance, Jr.)11. The Health of Rural Minorities (Doris Nicholas)12. Gay Men and Lesbians in Rural Areas: Acknowledging, Valuing, and Empowering This Stigmatized Invisible People (Chatman Neely)13. The Role of Religiousness/Spirituality and Social Support on Subjective Well-being Among People Living with HIV/AIDS in Rural Communities (Dong Pil Yoon)14. Demographic Characteristics of the Rural Elderly (Craig Johnson)Part IV: Education for Practice15. Social Work Education for Rural Practice (Nancy Lohmann)Epilogue: What is Rural Practice? (Roger A. Lohmann and Nancy Lohmann)List of ContributorsIndex
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