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Social Welfare Policy and Advocacy
Advancing Social Justice through 8 Policy Sectors



© 2016 | 512 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Social Welfare Policy and Advocacy: Advancing Social Justice through 8 Policy Sectors provides the first framework that links micro, mezzo, and macro policy advocacy, demonstrating how each type can be used to promote social justice in health, gerontology, safety net, child welfare, education, immigrants/global, mental health, and criminal justice sectors. Author Bruce S. Jansson identifies seven core problems within each sector as well as the skills social workers need, the challenges they face, and the interventions they can use at each level of advocacy. Integrated vignettes, video clips, and robust resources underscore the text's hands-on, advocacy approach. Relevant to many Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) including policy practice, the book is designed for policy foundation courses. 

 
Chapter 1: Advancing Social Justice In 8 Policy Sectors
Reforming Policies in Eight Sectors  
Realizing that Micro, Mezzo and Macro Policy Advocacy Are Really Needed  
Identifying Seven Core Problems that Cut Across Eight Policy Sectors  
Recognizing the Seven Core Problems in 8 Policy Sectors  
Understanding that Social Work’s Code of Ethics Requires Advocacy  
Defining “Social Policies”  
Joining the Reform Tradition of Social Work  
 
Chapter 2: Deciding When to Challenge the Status Quo
Analyzing Foundational Beliefs  
Analyzing Ideology in a Polarized Nation  
Seeking Common Ground with Abdicating the Code of Ethics  
Identifying "Vulnerable Populations" in Social Work's Code of Ethics  
Identifying Sixteen Vulnerable Populations  
Analyzing the Oppression of Women in the Contemporary Period  
Understanding Why Social Policies Are Needed for Everyone and for Vulnerable Populations  
Deciding When to Initiate Policy Advocacy  
 
Chapter 3: Initiating Policy Advocacy Interventions at Three Levels
Using a Multi-Level Policy Advocacy Framework  
Providing Policy Advocacy at Three Levels  
Identifying Differences Between Advocacy and Clinical Counseling  
Linking Three Levels of Advocacy: the Case of Pregnant Teens and Teen Mothers  
Developing Red Flag Alerts  
Identifying Red Flag Alerts in Specific Settings  
Developing Red Flag Alerts at Three Levels  
 
Chapter 4: Practicing Micro Policy Advocacy Interventions
Defining Micro Policy Advocacy  
A Preliminary Challenge: Reading the Context  
Challenge 1 : Deciding Whether to Proceed  
Challenge 2: Deciding Where to Focus  
Challenge 3: Obtaining Recognition that a Client Has an Inportant Unresolved Problem  
Challenge 4: Analyzing or Diagnosing Why a Client Has an Unresolved Problem  
Challenge 5: Developing a Strategy to Address a Client's Unresolved Problem  
Challenges 6,7, and 8: Developing Support, Implementing and Assessing  
Learning Micro Policy Advocacy Skills  
Learn How a Social Worker Engaged in Micro Policy Advocacy  
 
Chapter 5: Practicing Mezzo Policy Advocacy Interventions
Defining Mezzo Policy Advocacy  
Skills Needed for Mezzo Policy Advocacy  
A Preliminary Challenge: Reading the Context  
Challenge 1: Deciding Whether to Proceed  
Challenge 2: Deciding Where to Focus  
Challenge 3: Obtaining Decision Makers' Recognition of Unsolved Problems  
Challenge 4: Analyzing Why The Problem Exists  
Challenge 5: Developing a Strategy or Proposal to Address the Problem  
Challenge 6: Developing Support for the Strategy of Proposal  
Challenge 7: Implementing a Strategy or Policy to Address the Problem in Agencies and Communities  
Challenge 8: Assessing Whether the Implemented Strategy or Policy Was Effective In Addressing the Problem in Agencies and Communities  
A Case Example of Mezzo Policy  
 
Chapter 6: Practicing Macro Policy Advocacy Interventions
Knowing the Context  
How Macro Policy Advocates Engage the Eight Challenges  
Identifying Macro Policy Advocacy Skills  
A Social Worker Persuades the Utah Legislature To Advance Women’s Reproductive Rights  
 
Chapter 7: Becoming Policy Advocates in the Healthcare Sector
Analyzing the Evolution of the Paradoxical American Health Sector  
Identifying Health Problems Caused by Economic Inequality  
Identifying Health Problems Caused by Economic Inequality  
Analyzing Seven Core Problems in the American Health System  
“Thinking Big:” Practice Advocacy in the Healthcare Sector  
 
Chapter 8: Becoming Policy Advocates in the Gerontology Sector
Analyzing the Evolution of the American Gerontology Sector  
Analyzing Problems of Seniors Caused by Economic Inequality  
Analyzing the Political Economy of the Gerontology Sector  
Analyzing Seven Problems in the Gerontology Sector  
“Thinking Big”as Policy Advocates in the Gerontology Sector  
 
Chapter 9 :Becoming Policy Advocates in the Safety Net Sector
Analyzing the Evolution of the American Safety Net System  
Analyze How Defects in American Safety Net Programs Often Exacerbate Income Inequality  
Analyze the Political Economy of the Safety Net Sector  
Using American Safety Net Programs to Improve Consumers’ Wellbeing  
Engaging in Policy Advocacy to Redress Seven Core Problems in Safety-Net Programs at Micro, Mezzo, and Macro Levels  
“Thinking Big” As Policy Advocates in the Safety  
 
Chapter 10: Becoming Policy Advocates in the Mental Health Sector
Analyzing the Evolution of the Mental Health Sector  
Understanding the Prevalence of Mental Health Disorders  
Analyzing the Impact of Income Inequality on Mental Health  
Analyzing the Political Economy of Mental Health  
Addressing Seven Core Problems in the Mental Health Sector with Advocacy  
“Thinking Big” as Policy Advocates in the Mental Health Sector  
 
Chapter 11: Becoming Policy Advocates in the Child and Family Sector
Identifying Advocacy Groups in the Child and Family Sector  
Analyzing the Evolution of the Child and Family Sector  
Understanding the Scope of Child Abuse and Neglect  
Analyzing the Political Economy of the Child and Family Sector  
Recognizing Child and Family Problems that are Created by an Inegalitarian Nation  
Understanding How Seven Core Problems Exist in the Child Welfare Sector  
“Thinking Big” as Policy Advocates in the Child and Family Sector  
 
Chapter 12: Becoming Policy Advocates in the Education System
Analyzing the Evolution of the American Education System  
Recognizing Educational Problems that are Created by an Inegalitarian Nation  
Analyzing the Political Economy of the Education Sector  
Analyzing Seven Core Problems in the Education Sector  
“Thinking Big” as Advocates in the Education Sector  
 
Chapter 13 Becoming Policy Advocates in the Immigration Sector
Analyzing the Evolution of America’s Immigration Policies  
Analyzing the Movement of Persons Across National Boundaries  
Analyzing the Legal Status of Immigrants in the United States  
Recognizing Problems for Immigrants Created by an Inegalitarian Nation  
Understanding the Political Economy of the Immigration Sector  
Analyzing Seven Core Problems in the Immigration Sector  
“Thinking Big” as Policy Advocates in the Immigration  
 
Chapter 14: Becoming Policy Advocates in the Criminal Justice Sector
Analyzing the Evolution of the American Criminal Justice Sector  
Identifying Connections Between Mass Incarceration and Economic Inequality  
Analyzing the Political Economy of the Criminal Justice Sector  
Analyzing Seven Core Problems in the Criminal Justice Sector  
“Thinking Big” as Policy Advocates in the Criminal Justice Sector  

Supplements

Instructor Teaching Site

Password-protected Instructor Resources include the following:

  • Original Video Interviews with experts in the field offer first-person insights into key concepts. These videos are also available on the open-access student study site.
  • A Microsoft® Word® test bank is available containing multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and essay questions for each chapter. The test bank provides you with a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding.
  • A Respondus electronic test bank is available and can be used on PCs. The test bank contains multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and essay questions for each chapter and provides you with a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding. Respondus is also compatible with many popular learning management systems so you can easily get your test questions into your online course.
  • Editable, chapter-specific Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides offer you complete flexibility in easily creating a multimedia presentation for your course.
  • Lecture notes summarize key concepts on a chapter-by-chapter basis to help with preparation for lectures and class discussions.
  • The Learning Exercises from the book are provided in Word format on the website to make them easily assignable to students.
  • Web exercises direct both instructors and students to useful and current web sites, along with creative activities to extend and reinforce learning or allow for further research on important chapter topics. 
Student Study Site

The open-access Student Study Site includes the following:

  • Original Video Interviews with experts in the field offer first-person insights into key concepts.
  • Learning objectives reinforce the most important material.
  • Mobile-friendly web quizzes allow for independent assessment of progress made in learning course material.
  • EXCLUSIVE! Access to certain full-text SAGE journal articles have been carefully selected for each chapter. Each article supports and expands on the concepts presented in the chapter. This feature also provides questions to focus and guide your interpretation.
  • Web exercises direct you to useful and current web resources, along with creative activities to extend and reinforce learning or allow for further research on important chapter topics. 

Jansson's writing is very dry and the students find it boring, which makes engagement challenging.

Ms Jenifer Evers
Sociology Soc Work Anthro Dept, Utah State University
May 5, 2015
Key features

KEY FEATURES:

  • Chapter 1 explores seven core problems that occur in each sector.
  • Chapter 2 discusses how social work’s code of ethics, as well as the needs of vulnerable populations, require advocacy interventions.
  • An innovative multi-level framework in Chapter 3 links policy advocacy at micro, mezzo, and macro levels.  
  • Chapters 4 – 6 analyze the challenges that micro, mezzo, and macro policy advocates address—and the skills needed for each type of advocacy.
  • Chapters 7 – 14 analyze historical evolution and the political economy, and identify key advocacy groups for each policy sector and problems of clients caused by economic inequality.
  • Each chapter includes two brief video clips of social policy/practice in action to engage students in the material.
  • Each sector chapter covers core problems (such as ethical, quality, cultural, prevention, and affordability issues) that arise in each sector, as well as specific manifestations of the problems, defined as “Red Flag Alerts.”
  • Vignettes throughout the book demonstrate the micro, mezzo, and macro interventions social workers use in policy advocacy for each sector.
  • Resources such as statutes, court rulings, regulations, and programs are included that help advocates engage in advocacy at various levels.
  • Chapter-opening Learning Objectives are linked to chapter-ending Learning Outcomes to enhance understanding.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1

Chapter 3


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