1st Edition

Social Work Education and the Grand Challenges Approaches to Curricula and Field Education

Edited By R. Paul Maiden, Eugenia L. Weiss Copyright 2023
    458 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    458 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Grand Challenges for Social Work (GCSW) provides an agenda for society, and for the social work profession. The 13 GCSW have been codified by the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare and are emerging as a significant underpinning in the education of undergraduate and graduate social work students throughout the USA. This volume serves as a guide as to how this can best be achieved in alignment with the 2022 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) from the Council of Social Work Education.

    Divided into four parts:

    • Individual and Family Well-Being
    • Stronger Social Fabric
    • A Just Society
    • The Grand Challenges in the Field

    Each chapter introduces a Grand Challenge, situates it within the curricula, and provides teaching practices in one of the targeted domains as well as learning objectives, class exercises, and discussions. By showing how to facilitate class discussion, manage difficult conversations, and address diversity, equity, and inclusion as part of teaching the topic, this book will be of interest to all faculty teaching at both undergraduate and graduate levels. It should be noted that there are additional supplementary chapters beyond the 13 GCSW that provide further context for the reader.

    1.Integration of the 12 Grand Challenges into Social Work Curricula
    Michael G. Rank, Ron Manderscheid and Darla Spence Coffey

    Part One – Individual and Family Well Being

    2. Ensuring the Healthy Development of All Youth
    Juan Carlos Araque and Wendy Cholico

    3. Close the Health Gap
    Jennifer Lewis, Ron Manderscheid and Amelia Roeschlein

    4. Build healthy relationships to end violence
    Bianca Harper and Debbie Murad

    5. Advancing Long and Productive Lives
    Murali Nair and Elise Marie Collins

    Part Two – Stronger Social Fabric

    6. Eradicate Social Isolation
    Harry Hunter, Jane James and Mike Gent

    7. End Homelessness
    Jeffrey S. Yarvis, Andreja N. Lukic and David W. Babbs

    8. Create Social Responses to a Changing Environment
    Melissa Indera Singh, Kelly Smith and Murali Nair

    9. Harnessing Technology in Social Good
    Kenneth Scott Smith, Katherine Chism Selber and Cathy Newman Thomas

    Part Three – A Just Society

    10. Eliminate Racism
    Todd Vanidestine, Candida Brooks-Harrison, Sandy Bernabei, Onaje Muid, Joyce James and Robin Benton

    11. Smart Decarceration: A Multi-Prong Approach to Healing with the Incarcerated
    Robert Anthony Hernandez, Steve Kim and Deepa Karmakar

    12. Building Financial Capability and Assets for All
    Elena Delavega, Kari L. Fletcher and Melissa Hirschi

    13. Reduce Extreme Economic Inequality
    Mary E. Fortson-Harwell and Lauren Marlotte

    14. Achieving Equal Opportunity and Justice
    Annalisa Enrile, Renee Smith-Maddox and Eugenia L. Weiss

    Part Four – The Grand Challenges in the Field

    15. Addressing the 13 Grand Challenges for Social Work Via Simulation Labs: A New Approach in Undergraduate Education
    Amy Ward and Ron Manderscheid

    16. Translating the Grand Challenges in Field Education
    Tory Cox, Ruth Supranovich and Suh Chen Hsiao

    17. An Inclusive Model of Evaluation Capacity Building During the COVID-19 Pandemic
    Eugenia L. Weiss, Michael B. Fileta, Sara L. Schwartz and Bryan Jebo

    Epilogue: Mobilizing Social Work Educators in Anti-Racism, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (ADEI)
    Eugenia L. Weiss


    R. Paul Maiden (PhD), Professor Emeritus (teaching) at the University of Southern California Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. Prior to his retirement from USC, he was Vice Dean, and subsequently, Executive Vice Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor (2007–17). From 2017–21 he taught in the school’s online MSW and DSW. His research and scholarship are focused on occupational social work, including workplace behavioral health, workplace violence, trauma management, managing organizational change, and executive leadership.

    Eugenia L. Weiss (PhD, PsyD) is a bilingual-bicultural licensed clinical social worker and licensed psychologist. She is Associate Professor and MSW Director at the School of Social Work at the University of Nevada, Reno. She was previously Clinical Professor at the University of Southern California (USC), Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. Weiss served in the roles of Academic Center Director for the school’s San Diego and Orange County Academic Centers, and as Senior Associate Dean of faculty affairs. She was a recipient of the Hutto Patterson Foundation Award for Distinguished Social Work Faculty.