Macro Social Work Practice

Working for Change in a Multicultural Society (First Edition)
Michael Reisch
Paperback, 636 pages
ISBN: 978-1-5165-0757-3 ©2018
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    Macro Social Work Practice: Working for Change in a Multicultural Society explores the dynamics and practice implications of increasingly diverse communities, organizations, and social service networks and helps students develop the skills to work successfully in these contexts. The book gives students the foundational skills and knowledge required for effective practice in social service and human organizations, healthcare settings, communities, social networks, and social movements. It emphasizes the relationship between structural and institutional inequalities and the experiences of individuals, families, communities, and organizations.

    Through case examples the book illustrates how principles of social justice, empowerment, and cultural awareness can be applied in different cultural contexts. Additionally, the cases demonstrate the implication of the nation's increasing demographic and cultural diversity on the practice of macro social work.

    Through various exercises, students apply critical thinking skills to resolve practical and ethical dilemmas and make the types of difficult decisions that practitioners confront every day. The book also addresses how recent political events, cultural developments, and social changes have altered both the context and the content of macro social work practice in the United States.

    Macro Social Work Practice is appropriate for undergraduate and graduate courses in social work, family and community development, public health, nursing, and human services.

    Michael Reisch is the Daniel Thursz Distinguished Professor of Social Justice at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. He earned his master's degree in social work at Hunter College, and his Ph.D. in modern European history and the history of ideas at the State University of New York, Binghamton. He has held leadership positions in multicultural national, state, and local advocacy, professional, political, and social change organizations His publications have appeared in journals such as Social Work, Social Service Review, the British Journal of Social Work, and the Journal of Social Work Education. His most recent books are Macro Social Work Practice: Working for Change in a Multicultural Society, Social Work and Social Justice: Concepts, Challenges, and Strategies (co-authored with Charles Garvin), The Routledge International Handbook of Social Justice, and The Handbook of Community Practice (2nd edition). In 2014, he received the Significant Lifetime Achievement Award from the Council on Social Work Education and, in 2016, he was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare.
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    Adopting instructors will receive 15 PowerPoint presentations, one for each chapter of the text, and a test bank featuring over 850 individual questions and 45 unique question sets.
    “I like the statement in the book that most practice takes place in community and organizational settings. This is probably one of the most succinct ways to synthesize the strong relationship between the different practice arenas in social work.”
    David Okech, Associate Professor and Director of the Master’s in Social Work Program, University of Georgia

    “This book is an excellent resource for understanding macro practice in a multicultural society.”
    Bryan Warde, Assistant Professor of Social Work, Lehman College-CUNY

    “A well written book that describes communities and organizations as systemic-action-arenas for macro social work practice in an increasingly changing diverse demographic landscape.”
    Madhavappallil Thomas, Professor of Social Work, California State University, Bakersfield

    “Michael Reich brings his vast expertise, political acumen, and his burning desire to motivate to the creation of a macro-practice text that will inspire students and change the way that they think about social work practice.”
    Mark Cameron, Professor of Social Work, Southern Connecticut State University

    “The author has successfully identified the most important key elements in need of address in macro social work today. Students, educators, and practitioners will benefit from the knowledge and wisdom expressed in this book.”
    Paul Force-Emery Mackie, Professor of Social Work, Minnesota State University, Mankato

    “Michael Reisch provides readers at the BSW and early MSW level with a comprehensive textbook on the key elements of macro social work practice. Readers will learn about becoming a leader within a variety of organization types and missions while considering a variety of theories and techniques to make change within communities and organizations.”
    Michel A. Coconis, Professor of Social Work, Wright State University