Navigating Human Service Organizations: Essential Information for Thriving and Surviving in Agencies

Paperback | June 15, 2013

byRich Furman, Margaret Gibelman

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Since its very inception, social work has been considered an organizationally based profession, with the majority of its workforce employed within formal organizations. Whether in nonprofit, for-profit, or governmental agencies, the practical realities of human service organizations are acentral element of professional social work. This book explores the climate and culture of these agencies and provides essential information for surviving and thriving in this setting. It prepares students for their future careers so that they will feel empowered in their work and be able to fulfilltheir responsibilities toward organizational, community, and social change. Using real-life examples, the authors examine the internal structures of management, financing, and supervision and discuss common conflicts between agencies and professionals. The book's straightforward tone and practicaladvice make it an asset to anyone entering human service organizations.This new edition contains updated examples, case studies, and references. It also contains valuable information on the effects of the recent financial crisis on human service organizations. Agencies now face increased caseloads and more complex social problems with fewer resources and less money.Understanding how these events have changed the nature of human service organizations will allow students to be better prepared for the work ahead of them.

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Since its very inception, social work has been considered an organizationally based profession, with the majority of its workforce employed within formal organizations. Whether in nonprofit, for-profit, or governmental agencies, the practical realities of human service organizations are acentral element of professional social work. Thi...

Rich Furman (MSW, University of Pennyslvania; PhD, Yeshiva University) is professor of social work at the University of Washington, Tacoma, with more than ten years' experience in both direct practice and administration. Professor Furman has published over 100 scholarly articles, books, and chapters and in 2011 was awarded the Universi...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:270 pages, 8.9 × 5.98 × 0.59 inPublished:June 15, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190615311

ISBN - 13:9780190615314

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"This volume offers knowledge about an often underappreciated area of social work practice. It discusses social workers roles within organizations, promotes an understanding of how human service organizations function, and shows readers how to apply this knowledge in their professionalpractice." --VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations 19(3)