Human Behavior Theory and Social Work Practice with Marginalized Oppressed Populations addresses what social workers can do to combat the increasingly complex social concerns that face the profession, and explores how to incorporate the celebration of diversity and the protection of human rights into social work curricula and the helping process. The authors combine human behavior theories with a narrative, postmodern practice methodology that deals with both the client’s or constituencies’ presenting problem and equity issues, and, as a result, the book is both theoretical and applied. Two major integrating themes throughout are at the forefront of the book—the celebration of diversity and the equality of human rights. The goal is to strengthen diversity and human rights components of the social work curriculum and to provide more practice guidelines for cross-cultural practice.
Beginning with a 'call to action', this timely and engaging text inspires as it informs! Authors Greene, Wright, Herring, Dubus, and Wright (joined by several guest contributors) adroitly apply the multifaceted lens of the ‘Resilience-Enhancing Stress Model’ to thankfully bring enhanced focus to familiar practice challenges enabling readers to see them more fully and understand them anew. Coupling the wisdom of many of our time-tested concepts and frameworks with more recent teachings, this book interweaves case studies and other useful tools throughout the exploration of our interconnected systems of professional care—individuals and families, organizations and communities, as well as the practice of advocacy within local and global social movements.
Whether done cover-to-cover or selected sections at a time, reading this book is a ‘must do’ for today’s Social Workers committed to equity, healing, and a socially-just future for us all.
—Darlyne Bailey, PhD, LISW, Professor, Dean Emeritus, and Director of Social Justice Initiatives, Bryn Mawr College; Co-Chair, The Special Commission to Advance Macro Practice in Social Work
Foreword; Preface: Call to Action; Chapter 1 The RESM: A Culturally Sensitive Model of Social Work Practice; Chapter 2 Narrative Theory, the Culturally Sensitive RESM Interview, and the Helping Process; Chapter 3 Risk and Resilience Theory: An Outcome Approach; Chapter 4 RESM Assessment and Intervention: Ecological and Systems Theory; Chapter 5 Social Work and Social Justice: Groups, Organizations, and Social Movements; Chapter 6 A Presenting Problem, a Family, and a Marginalized Community: Applying the RESM; Chapter 7The RESM: An African American Client With Dementia and His Caregivers; Chapter 8 Educational Resilience, School Stressors, and the RESM of School Social Work Practice; Chapter 9 Resettling as a Forced Migrant: Applying the RESM; Chapter 10 Improving Police–Community Relations: Creating a Third Space for Cultural Inclusion;Chapter 11 Chronic Stress in U.S. Indigenous Communities: The RESM and the Relational-Self Approach; Chapter 12 Grand Narratives: Building Community and Global Resilience; Epilogue: Lake Hula