Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds

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Canadian Scholars
246 pages
6 x 9 inches
September 2009
Print ISBN: 9781551303642


Using concrete examples, this optimistic book illustrates the ways in which structual social work theory is being successfully implemented in social work practice. By providing examples of what does work in structural social work practice, it offers hope to others that this work is not only possible, but that it is happening, it is effective, and the rest of us can do it too.

Table of Contents


Part 1: Introduction

Chapter 1: Structural Social Work: Theory and Process - Kate M. Murray and Steven F. Hick

Chapter 2: Operationalizing Structural Theory: Guidelines for Practice - Claude Olivier

Chapter 3: Situating Practitioners' Experiences in a Model of Theory-Practice Integration - Heather I. Peters

Part 2: The Practice of Structural Social Work

Chapter 4: The Societal Context of Child Sexual Abuse - Richard Feehan, Maureen Boettcher, and Kathaleen S. Quinn
PRACTICE CONTEXT: Child sexual abuse

Chapter 5: Addressing the Immediate Needs of Service Users as Part of Fundamental Structural Change: Complementary or Contradictory Processes? - Dawn Hemingway, Clarie Johnson, and Brenda Roland
PRACTICE CONTEXT: Sexual assualt centre

Chapter 6: Community Development and Administration in the Structural Tradition: Mezzo and Macro Levels of Practice - Anne Burrill and Heahter I. Peters
PRACTICE CONTEXT: Administrative and community development practice at a women's centre and a youth centre

Chapter 7: Injustice Can Happen Whether You're Psychotic or Not: Incorporating Structural Social Work Theory in a Mental Health Setting - Karen Schwartz and Ann-Marie O'Brien

Chapter 8: "We Have a Voice": Helping Immigrant Women Challenge Abuse - Ben Carniol and Vivian Del Valle
PRACTICE CONTEXT: New immigrants

Chapter 9: Structural Social Work from a (dis)Ability Perspective - Judy E. MacDonald and Gaila Friars

Chapter 10: The Promise and Relevance of Structural Social Work and Practice with Queer People and Communities - Marion Brown, Brenda K. Richard, and Leighann Wichman
PRACTICE CONTEXT: Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two-spirit, intersex, and queer issues

Chapter 11: Envisioning Structural Social Work Practice: The Case of the Grassroots Youth Collaborative - Kristie Wright, Shahina Sayani, Andrea Zammit, and Purnima George
PRACTICE CONTEXT: Youth work in the context of a collaborative agency apporach

Chapter 12: The Association of Black Social Workers (ABSW): A Model of Empowerment Practice - Wanda Thomas Bernard and Veronica Marsman
PRACTICE CONTEXT: Anti-racist social work

Part 3: Future Directions

Chapter 13: Practices and Skills for Building Social and Ecological Resiliency with Individuals and Communities - Mishka Lysack
PRACTICE CONTEXT: Environmental issues

Chapter 14: Concluding Thoughts and Future Directions - Heather I. Peters, Tracy London, Tammy Corner, and Steven F. Hick

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