Macro Social Work Practice

Working for Change in a Multicultural Society (First Edition)
Michael Reisch
©2018, 636 pages

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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.

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    Michael Reisch is the Daniel Thursz Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Social Justice at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. He has held leadership positions in multicultural national, state, and local advocacy, professional, political, and social change organizations. Dr. Reisch received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Council on Social Work Education, Career Achievement Award from the Association for Community Organization and Social Action, and teaching awards from the National Association of Social Workers and four major universities.
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    Adopting instructors will receive 15 PowerPoint presentations, one for each chapter of the text, a test bank featuring over 850 individual essay questions and 150 multiple choice questions., and list of video suggestions categorized by topic.
    “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 Reisch 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

    “I read Social Policy and Social Justice last semester, and I’m currently reading Macro Social Work Practice. Beyond being very informative, especially in modern times, Reisch’s textbooks are very enjoyable to read. I’m grateful for his service to the discipline, and I hope he continues writing awesome textbooks.”
    Patrick Clark, MSNU Master's of Social Work Student
    Graduate Assistant, Maverick Success Program