Empowerment Series: Human Behavior in the Macro Social Environment,
5th Edition

Karen K. Kirst-Ashman, Grafton H. Hull, Jr.

ISBN-13: 9781305389502 | ISBN-10: 1305389506

Copyright 2019

| Published 2018

| 656 pages

List Price USD $164.95


Go straight to the heart of what social work is all about--and learn how to promote positive change by building upon the strengths of macro systems. In HUMAN BEHAVIOR IN THE MACRO SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT, 5th Edition, Karen Kirst-Ashman and Grafton Hull provide a comprehensive overview of the subject while citing real-world practice and case studies to illustrate theories and their application. They focus on empowerment--encouraging communities, organizations and groups to promote change from the inside out. They also prompt you to think critically about how macro systems affect human behavior, and ultimately, how those systems shape the practice of social work. Up-to-date coverage of environmental justice, cognitive restructuring, building effective teams, faith-based social services and health care and many other topics reflects the latest developments and concerns in the field.

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Meet the Authors

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Karen K. Kirst-Ashman, BSW, MSSW, and PhD, was a full professor and a former chairperson in the Social Work Department at the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater, where she taught for 28 years. She is certified as a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Wisconsin and has worked as a practitioner and administrator in child welfare and mental health agencies. She received the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater's Excellence in Teaching Award in 1986 and its Outstanding Teaching Award in 2007. She has been a member of the board of directors of the Council on Social Work Education in addition to being an accreditation site visitor, and is a current member of BPD and NASW. She has served on the editorial board of Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work, and as a consulting editor for many social work journals, including the Journal of Social Work Education. She is the author of numerous publications, articles, and reviews concerning social work and women's issues. Other books she has authored or coauthored include INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL WORK AND SOCIAL WELFARE: CRITICAL THINKING PERSPECTIVES (5th ed); HUMAN BEHAVIOR IN THE MACRO SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT: AN EMPOWERMENT APPROACH TO UNDERSTANDING COMMUNITIES, ORGANIZATION, AND GROUPS (4th ed); GENERALIST PRACTICE WITH ORGANIZATIONS AND COMMUNITIES (5th ed); THE MACRO SKILLS WORKBOOK (2nd ed); and UNDERSTANDING GENERALIST PRACTICE (8th ed).

Grafton Hull is Professor Emeritus at the University of Utah College of Social Work. He founded and directed the College's BSW Program. He has 38 years of experience teaching at BSW, MSW, and Ph.D. levels. His practice experience includes work in human service agencies providing mental health, child welfare, and juvenile justice programs. He holds a BS in sociology, an MSW, and a doctorate in education (counseling, guidance, and personnel services). Hull is the co-author of eight texts and numerous articles in social work journals. He has served on the CSWE Board of Directors, Commission on Accreditation, and Nominations Committee; and as a President of the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors (BPD), from which he received the Significant Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005. His biography is listed in WHO'S WHO IN AMERICA.

  • New examples of oppression and other concepts from the 2016 presidential campaign, discussion of Black Lives Matter and police violence, increased coverage of immigration and U.S. immigration rates and new examples of globalization and the interconnectedness of the world reflect current developments and concerns in the field.
  • Key terms are highlighted in the text and defined in the MindTap Reader.
  • New and revised content presents clear discussion and examples of environmental justice, enhanced discussion of health care in the U.S. and other nations, expanded information on workers' expectations for supervisors and added material on using the internet for social change.
  • Each chapter's content aligns with learning objectives, which help to articulate the knowledge and competencies identified in accreditation standards--and emphasized throughout the book.
  • A chapter on social justice and the global community stresses the need to advocate social and economic justice and human rights at the international level.
  • Chapter overviews and summaries provide students with helpful aids for organizing and studying key content.
  • HUMAN BEHAVIOR IN THE MACRO SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT examines how macro systems operate and impact human behavior, incorporating themes of the strengths perspective, empowerment and resiliency.
  • Critical thinking questions promote student understanding of key concepts, while boxed material throughout each chapter introduces students to specific policy, research and social work practices.
  • The text encompasses all of the core curriculum content required by the 2015 Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) for program accreditation, including coverage of human diversity, populations-at-risk and the promotion of social, economic and environmental justice, social work theory, values and ethics.

Table of Contents

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1. Introduction to Human Behavior in the Macro Social Environment.
2. Values and Principles that Guide Generalist Practice in the Macro Social Environment.
3. Human Behavior in Groups: Theories and Dynamics.
4. Types of Groups in the Macro Social Environment.
5. Knowledge and Theories about Organizations.
6. Social Service Organizational Settings, Goals and Environmental Contexts.
7. Organizational Structure and Dynamics.
8. Human Behavior, Management, and Empowerment in Organizations.
9. Communities in the Macro Social Environment: Theories and Concepts.
10. Assessment of Geographic Communities and Empowerment.
11. Neighborhood Empowerment.
12. Diversity, Populations-at-Risk, and Empowerment in the Macro Social Environment.
13. Social Justice and the Global Community.
Name Index.
Subject Index.

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