Canadian scholars
Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds
2009 structural social work in action cvr
Canadian Scholars’ Press
246 pages
6 x 9 inches
September 2009
Print ISBN: 9781551303642
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Overview

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.


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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements

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
PRACTICE CONTEXT: Mental health

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
PRACTICE CONTEXT: Disability

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

Editors and Contributors

Steven F. Hick

Steven F. Hick is an associate professor at the School of Social Work, Carleton University. A writer, human rights advocate, researcher, and practitioner, Hick is also co-founder of War Child Canada.


Heather I. Peters

Heather I. Peters is an associate professor in the School of Social Work, University of Northern British Columbia, whose practice and research focus on structural social work theory and its application in the field.


Tammy Corner

Tammy Corner has been working in social services for 20 years and as a structural social worker for the past 11 years. She is currently involved in community development in Ottawa.


Tracy London

Tracy London is a doctoral candidate at the School of Social Work, University of British Columbia. Her research and activist work focus on corporate responsibility for international human rights and environmental legal norms.


Reviews

"Structural social work scholarship has long been criticized for lacking sufficient methodological and practical application. This book takes the literature a futher - and much needed - step, providing practice-relevant narratives that will assist practitioners, students, and scholars alike. I recommend this book to anyone affiliated with the social services who is interested in progressive, applicable practice."

"This is a long-awaited book on the practice of structural social work. It cannot be missed by anyone who wishes to promote the cause of the disadvantaged and marginalized in our society."

Heather I. Peters is an associate professor in the School of Social Work, University of Northern British Columbia, whose practice and research focus on structural social work theory and its application in the field.

"Structural social work scholarship has long been criticized for lacking sufficient methodological and practical application. This book takes the literature a further, and much needed, step, providing practice-relevant narratives that will assist practitioners, students, and scholars alike. I recommend this book to anyone affiliated with the social services who is interested in progressive, applicable practice."
—  John R. Graham, Murray Fraser Professor, Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary

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