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.
Table of Contents
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
Roberta R. Greene has numerous publications (17 books) on human behavior and gerontology, including risk and resilience, such as Greene and Schriver’s Handbook on Human Behavior (2016, Transaction Press), and an article on resilience in the Encyclopedia of Social Work (2008, NASW Press). She served on the Council on Social Work Education’s Educational Policy Commission, which mandates curriculum competencies.
Michael Wright has a PhD in social work from the University of South Carolina with a specialization in technology. He is a Licensed Advanced Practice Social Worker (TN) and former university professor with almost 20 years of experience with specializations in human behavior and macro-practice. He continues to teach training events both online and in person.
Melvin Herring has a PhD in human development and is Director of the Master of Social Work (MSW) program at Johnson C. Smith University School of Social Work. He is responsible for writing student evaluation and other curriculum standards for the MSW program’s accreditation. His community work pertinent to the book includes: recruiting at-risk males to participate in a program designed to combat self-defeating attitudes and behaviors; consulting with hospital medical staff to determine the most appropriate treatment for patients in crisis; and providing culturally inclusive training for a city police department.
Nicole Dubus, PhD, MSW, is an Assistant Professor in Social Work at San José State University, San José, California. Her research is on the life course experiences of refugees and forced migrants. She has been practicing clinical social work for over 30 years and brings that practice experience into her teaching.
Taunya Wright, a registered nurse with 24 years of experience, is the Health Literacy Director for MawMedia group, a consulting firm. She is a coach and author of The Brady Boe series (2018).
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