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Social Welfare Policy and Advocacy
Advancing Social Justice Through Eight Policy Sectors

Second Edition


March 2019 | 552 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Social Welfare Policy and Advocacy presents a multi-level framework to show students how micro, mezzo, and macro policy advocacy can be used effectively by social workers in eight policy sectors: healthcare, gerontology, safety-net, child and family, mental health, education, immigration, and criminal justice. Author Bruce S. Jansson identifies seven core problems within each sector and discusses the skills social workers need, the challenges they face, and the interventions they can use at each level of advocacy. Readers will gain knowledge of social welfare policy issues and be equipped with essential tools for engaging in policy advocacy.
 
1. Becoming a Policy Advocate in 8 Policy Sectors
Learning Objectives  
Engage Social Welfare Policy Whether You Are Micro or Macro  
Conceptualizing Policy Practice  
Understanding How A Multi-Level Policy Advocacy Framework Was Developed  
Linking the Multi-Level Advocacy Framework to 8 Policy Sectors  
Using this Book as a Roadmap for Your Student and Professional Career  
Contrasting Micro Policy Advocacy with Clinical Practice Use of Micro, Mezzo, and Macro Policy  
Understanding How the NASW Code of Ethics Requires Use of Micro, Mezzo and Macro Policy Advocacy  
Using Policy Advocacy to Help Vulnerable Populations  
Analyzing a Multi-Level Policy Advocacy Framework  
Providing Policy Advocacy at Three Levels  
Linking Three Levels of Advocacy for Pregnant Teens and Teen Mothers  
Developing Micro Policy Advocacy Red Flag Alerts  
Developing Red Flag Alerts at Three Levels  
Learning Outcomes  
References  
 
2. Advancing Social Justice with 7 Core Problems
Learning Objectives  
Defining “Social Policies”  
Defining Social Justice  
Core Problem #1: Advancing Ethical Rights, Human Rights and Economic Justice  
Core Problem #2: Improving the Quality of Social Programs  
Core Problem #3: Making Social Programs and Policies More Culturally Responsive  
Core Problem #4: Developing Preventive Strategies to Decrease Social Problems  
Core Problem #5: Improving Affordability and Access to Social Programs  
Core Problem #6: Increasing the Scope and Effectiveness of Mental Health Programs  
Core Problem #7 Making Social Programs More Relevant To Households and Communities  
Recognizing the 7 Core Problems in the 8 Policy Sectors  
Joining the Reform Tradition of Social Work  
Learning Outcomes  
References  
 
3. How Policy Advocates Advanced Social Justice Through American History
Learning Objectives  
The Colonial Period  
The Gilded Age  
The Progressive Period  
The Great Depression  
The Great Society  
Nixon’s Surprise  
Conservative Counter-Revolutions  
Gridlock during the Presidencies of Bill Clinton and Barack Obama  
The Maverick Presidency of Donald Trump  
Falling Behind Other Industrialized Nations  
Why Social Workers Need to Engage in Policy Advocacy In 2019 and Beyond  
Learning Outcomes  
References  
 
4. Providing Micro Policy Advocacy Interventions
Learning Objectives  
Defining Micro Policy Advocacy  
Reading the Context  
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 Important 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 Implementing and Assessing Micro Policy Advocacy  
Learning Micro Policy Advocacy Skills  
Learn How a Social Worker Engaged in Micro Policy Advocacy  
Learning Outcomes  
References  
 
5. Practicing Mezzo Policy Advocacy Interventions
Learning Objectives  
Defining Mezzo Policy Advocacy  
Skills Needed for Mezzo Policy Advocacy  
A Preliminary Challenge: Reading the Context of Agencies and Communities etc.  
Challenge 1: Deciding Whether to Proceed etc.  
Challenge 2: Deciding Where to Focus etc.  
Challenge 3: Obtaining Decision Makers Recognition of Unsolved Problems, etc  
Challenge 4: Analyzing Why the Problem Exists etc.  
Challenge 5: Developing a Strategy or Proposal to Address the Problem etc.  
Challenge 6: Developing Support for a Strategy or Proposal etc.  
Challenge 5: Developing a Strategy or Proposal to Address the Problem  
Challenge 6: Developing Support for a Strategy or 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 Agencies and Communities  
The History of Watts  
Learning Outcomes  
References  
 
6. Engaging in Macro Policy Advocacy
Learning Objectives  
Knowing the Context  
How Macro Policy Advocates Engage the Eight Challenges  
Identifying Macro Policy Advocacy Skills  
Learning Outcomes  
References  
 
7. Becoming Policy Advocates in the Healthcare Sector
Learning Objectives  
Developing an Empowering Perspective Toward Persons with Unaddressed Health Problems  
Developing an Empowering Perspective Toward Persons with Unaddressed Health Problems  
Analyzing the Evolution of the American Healthcare System  
Identifying Health Problems Caused by Economic Inequality  
Analyzing the Political Economy of the American Health System  
Analyzing Seven Core Problems  
Learning Outcomes  
References  
 
8. Becoming Policy Advocates in the Gerontology Sector
Learning Objectives  
Developing an Empowering Perspective Toward Seniors  
Analyzing Problems of Seniors Created by Economic Inequality  
Analyzing the Political Economy of the Gerontology Sector  
Analyzing the Seven Core Problems in the Gerontology Sector  
“Thinking Big” as Policy Advocates in the Gerontology Sector  
Learning Outcomes  
References  
 
9. Becoming Policy Advocates in the Safety Net Sector
Learning Objectives  
Developing an Empowering Perspective Toward Persons Who Need Safety Net Programs  
Analyzing the Evolution of the American Safety Net System  
Analyzing How Defects in American Safety Net Programs Often Exacerbate Income Inequality  
Analyzing the Political Economy of the Safety Net Sector  
Using American Safety Net Programs to Improve Consumers’ Wellbeing  
Income-Enhancing Programs  
Credit and Loan-Providing Agencies  
Job-Related Programs  
Nutrition-Enhancing Programs  
Shelter-Enhancing Programs  
Asset-Creating Programs  
Understanding How Seven Core Problems Exist in the Safety-Net Sector  
Thinking Big as Policy Advocates in the Safety-Net Sector  
Learning Outcomes  
References  
 
10. Becoming Policy Advocates in the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Sector
Learning Objectives  
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 and Substance Abuse Sector  
Financing the HMHSA and its Expanded Services  
Learning Outcomes  
References  
 
11. Becoming Policy Advocates in the Child and Family Sector
Learning Objectives  
Developing an Empowering Perspective with Respect to the Child and Family Sector  
Understanding the Current State of Children  
Strengthening Families by Meeting Basic Needs  
Understanding the Journey of Children Through the Child Welfare System  
Analyzing the Quest for Algorithms to Predict the Odds that Specific Children Will Be Harmed  
Analyzing the Challenges of “Emancipation”  
Analyzing the Evolution of the Child and Family Sector  
Understanding the Scope of Child Abuse and Neglect  
Understanding 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  
Learning Outcomes  
References  
 
12. Becoming Policy Advocates in the Education Sector
Developing an Empowering Perspective With Respect to Education  
Analyzing the Evolution of the American Education System  
Recognizing Education Problems That Are Created By And Cause an Inegalitarian Nation  
Analyzing the Political Economy of the Education Sector  
Analyzing Seven Core Problems in the American Education System  
Thinking Big as Policy Advocates in the Education Sector  
Thinking Big as Policy Advocates in the Education Sector  
Learning Outcomes  
References  
 
13. Becoming Policy Advocates in the Immigration Sector
Developing an Empowering Perspective With Respect to Immigrants  
Analyzing the Evolution of America’s Immigration Policies  
Analyzing the Movement of Persons Across National Boundaries  
Analyzing the Legal Status of Immigrants in the U.S.  
Recognizing Problems for Immigrants Created by Extreme Inequality  
Understanding the Political Economy of the Immigration Sector  
Back to Values and Data  
Analyzing Seven Core Problems in the Immigration Sector  
Thinking Big as Policy Advocates in the Immigration Sector  
Learning Outcomes  
References  
 
14. Becoming Policy Advocates in the Criminal Justice Sector
Learning Objectives  
Developing an Empowering Perspective about Criminal Justice  
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  
Learning Outcomes  
References  

Supplements

Instructor Resource Site

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Free online resources for instructors accompany this text on the password-protected Instructor Resource Site.

  • Test banks provide a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity to edit any question and/or insert personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding.
  • Editable, chapter-specific PowerPoint® slides offer flexibility when creating multimedia lectures.
  • Lecture notes summarize key concepts on a chapter-by-chapter basis to help with preparation for lectures and class discussions.
  • Discussion questions help students engage with the material by reinforcing important content and inspiring critical thinking.
  • Chapter exercises direct both instructors and students to video interviews and useful multimedia content, while providing activities to extend and reinforce learning on chapter topics.
Student Study Site

study.sagepub.com/jansson2e  

Free online resources for students accompany this text on the open access Student Study Site.        

  • Mobile-friendly practice quizzes allow students to independently assess their mastery of course material.         
  • Chapter exercises direct students to video interviews and useful multimedia content, while providing activities to extend and reinforce learning on chapter topics.
Key features

NEW TO THIS EDITION:           

  • More emphasis on the multi-level policy advocacy framework, which now appears in Chapter 1 and informs discussions in every succeeding chapter, gives importance to policy advocates being able to work across the micro, mezzo, and macro levels.         
  • A new chapter on the evolution of the American welfare state covers shifts in the 20th and 21st centuries.          
  • Updated policy sector chapters include recent policy enactments up to the presidency of Donald Trump.  

KEY FEATURES:      

  • An innovative multi-level framework links policy advocacy at micro, mezzo, and macro levels.          
  • Empowerment sections discuss how social workers can assume critical advocacy roles in each of the eight policy sector chapters.          
  • Vignettes demonstrate the micro, mezzo, and macro interventions social workers use in policy advocacy for each sector. 
  • Historical timelines describe how policies have changed and evolved.        
  • Red Flag Alerts identify opportunities for policy advocacy on all three levels of practice.          
  • Chapter-ending challenges encourage students to "think big" by proposing major policy initiatives.  

For instructors

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