5th Edition

Social Policy for Effective Practice A Strengths Approach

    592 Pages
    by Routledge

    592 Pages
    by Routledge

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    The fifth edition of Social Policy for Effective Practice offers a rich variety of resources and knowledge foundations to help social work students understand and contend with the continually evolving social policy landscape that surrounds them. The authors have continued their values-based approach and kept the focus on clients’ strengths to help students position themselves for effective engagement on new fronts where policy threats and outcomes affect clients’ lives in myriad ways.

    The new edition comprehensively covers the process of defining need, analyzing social policy, and developing policy, and each chapter builds on the practical knowledge and skills forged from previous ones. New to this edition:

    • Thorough examination of new policies, including challenges to the Affordable Care Act, voting rights, immigration, women’s rights, and LGBTQ+ rights, as well as situations involving substance use, mental health, and economic inequality.
    • Expanded coverage of shifting demographics, including population diversity and aging.
    • Increased connections drawn between historical, present, and potential future policy contexts
    • Updated exercises, exhibits, and social media links in-text and an entire suite of web-based tools found through www.routledgesw.com, including complementary reading suggestions and teaching tips, a full library of lecture slides and exam questions, and EPAS guidelines.

    For use as a resource in foundations generalist social policy courses, either at the baccalaureate or master’s levels, the new edition of Social Policy for Effective Practice will challenge students to find areas of policy practice that spark their passion and prepare them to think about and use policy practice as a tool that can lead to the changes they care about.

    1: Social Work and Social Policy: A Strengths Perspective 2: The Historical Context: Basic Concepts and Early Influences 3: The Historical Context: Development of Our Current Welfare System 4: The Economic and Political Contexts 5: Basic Tools for Researching Need and Analyzing Social Policy 6: Social Policy Development 7: Civil Rights 8: Income- and Asset-Based Social Policies and Programs 9: Policies and Programs for Children and Families 10: Health and Mental Health Policies and Programs 11: Policies and Programs for Older Adults 12: The Future References Index


    Rosemary Kennedy Chapin is an award-winning teacher and researcher, possessing extensive program development experience in the social policy arena. After receiving her doctorate degree, she worked as a Research/Policy Analyst for the Minnesota Department of Human Services. She established and directs the Center on Aging and Disability Options (CRADO) at the University of Kansas.

    Melinda Lewis is an Associate Professor of Practice in the School of Social Welfare at the University of Kansas and Associate Director of the School’s Center on Community Engagement and Collaboration. She also has years of experience advising students and field agencies on policy analysis and policy practice.

    "In an era of political upheaval and shifting social priorities, Chapin and Lewis provide a strengths-based context for examining social policies and the people served by them. Guided by our NASW Code of Ethics, the authors provide a framework for culturally-sensitive analysis of policy practice."

    Claire L. Dente, Professor of Social Work, West Chester University of Pennsylvania

    "This textbook is as accessible as it is exhaustive. The writing allows students to understand the rich history of social welfare policy and to see examples of the real-world impact of policy, and all within a strengths-based perspective. An impressive feat, and one which I value greatly as a professor."

    Eric Toth, CEO at CoveCare Center in Carmel, NY