Rural Social Work: Building and Sustaining Community Capacity.
Scales, T. Laine. Streeter, Calvin L. Cooper, H. Stephen.
John Wiley & Sons
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Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774
This text includes a collection of readings from social work scholars, students, and practitioners that explore how social workers can integrate resources that exist in rural communities into their practice and participate in the work of sustaining rural communities. Following an introduction on asset-building perspectives and their application to community building in rural contexts, the 21 chapters are organized into five parts with an organizing framework that follows curriculum areas often used by programs accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The parts include: conceptual and historical foundations of rural social work, including chapters on the history of social welfare for rural people and reconceptualizing the framework for rural social work practice; human behavior and rural environments, including chapters on higher education access and the role of Natural Helping Networks in rural Virginia, building on assets from an Afrocentric perspective, using strengths to build capacity in Latino populations in rural America, building communities among rural gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered persons, and building capacity within public schools; practice issues in rural contexts, including chapters that describe strategies for evidence-based practice, wraparound services, culturally competent practice with rural Hispanics, partnering with rural congregations to building community capacity, working together to improve services for people living with HIV/AIDS, and building capacity to overcome challenges in the delivery of hospice and palliative care; policy issues affecting rural populations; and using research to evaluate practice in rural settings. Each chapter includes discussion questions that facilitate critical thinking and suggested activities and assignments to provide opportunities for practical application of the concepts presented. Numerous references.
Rural environment; Rural families; Social work; Social workers; Social workers role; Worker client relationships; Cultural competency; Cultural sensitivity; Historical perspective; capacity building; Hispanics; African Americans; wraparound services