Practicing Rural Social Work by Paul Force-Emery MackiePracticing Rural Social Work by Paul Force-Emery Mackie

Practicing Rural Social Work

byPaul Force-Emery Mackie, Kimberly Zammitt, Michelle Alvarez

Paperback | June 15, 2015

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How do we define rural social work? How is rural social work practice different from practice in urban settings? Why is rural social work practice sometimes seen as complex and difficult to understand?Within the conversation surrounding rural social work, there is a consistent focus on theoretical arguments, definitions, and political concerns, and a limited discussion of direct practice. This book speaks directly to practice concerns as they apply to rural environments at the micro, mezzo, andmacro levels. The authors use a generalist model of practice and apply systems and person-in-environment theories to help readers develop a more sophisticated understanding of general problems and concerns found in rural communities. To truly respond to the well-being of rural residents, ruralsocial workers need to learn to identify and implement opportunities for growth, development, health, and welfare. This book encourages critical thinking, careful reflection, and self-directed learning so as to foster real, positive, sustainable social change in rural environments.
Paul Force-Emery Mackie (MSW, Washington University in St. Louis; PhD, University of Denver) is professor of social work at Minnesota State University, Mankato. He currently serves as President of the National Association for Rural Mental Health (NARMH) (2015-2017) and has been on the NARMH Board of Directors since 2009. He has written...
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Title:Practicing Rural Social WorkFormat:PaperbackDimensions:200 pages, 8.9 × 6.18 × 0.39 inPublished:June 15, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0190616326

ISBN - 13:9780190616328

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"Practicing Rural Social Work is an articulate and insightful portrait of the strengths, challenges, and opportunities one may find in rural America. The authors provide an engaging combination of critical topics for rural social work as well as detailed, real-life vignettes and case studiesthat will expand any reader's understanding of the field." --Nancylee Stewart, Portland State University