Social Work Practice with African Americans in Urban Environments.
Wells-Wilbon, Rhonda. McPhatter, Anna R. Vakalahi, Halaevalu F. Ofahengaue.
xxiv, 457 p.
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This text offers a culturally competent approach to social work practice for African-American families that takes into consideration the latest policies, programs, and demographic changes. This approach also incorporates the voice of African-American families, along with teaching that focuses on strengths derived from the transfer of information and support between multiple generations. An overarching framework for understanding and practicing urban social work is described that includes definitions and theories that have implications for working with people in urban communities, and specific subsets of the urban African American population are examined. Topics discussed include: underlying assumptions, beliefs, and principles for urban social work with African Americans; African American pioneers of urban social work; child welfare in urban environments; engaging urban African American adolescents in treatment; Black immigrants in urban communities; building a foundation for working with African American lesbian, gay, and transgender individuals in the community; understanding the contexts for social work and public health; exploring urban faith-based-social work community collaboration for mental health promotion in urban African American communities; urban health; social work practice with urban communities impacted by HIV/AIDS; mental and emotional wellness among African Americans in urban environments; the magic of aging in the urban environment; an integrated framework for working with African American grandparent caregivers; coping with loss and grief in urban communities; prevalence and intervention strategies to address violence among urban African American youth; providing culturally sensitive intervention with urban African American victims of intimate partner violence; substance use prevention and treatment; educating social workers in a client-centered defense practice; urban gangs; research with urban African American adolescents and emerging adults; leadership and administration of systems in urban settings; urgency and advocacy for organizational change in urban public school settings; and policies that impact urban communities. Numerous references.
SOCIAL WORK; AFRICAN AMERICANS; URBAN ENVIRONMENT; COMMUNITY CHARACTERISTICS; COMMUNITY INTERVENTION PROJECTS; CULTURAL FACTORS; CULTURAL COMPETENCY; youth engagement; child welfare services; mental health services; grandparents; grief; community violence; substance abuse treatment; school issues