Social Work Policy Practice: Changing Our Community, Nation, and the World, Books a la Carte Edition

By Jessica A. Ritter

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Sep 11, 2012


Demonstrates why policy-making is a critical and exciting dimension of social work practice.


Social Work Policy Practice engages students by showing how the mission of social justice and the person-in-environment perspective sets social work apart from other helping professions in the United States.


Part of the Connecting Core Competencies Series, this text introduces students to social work policy practice in the United States and describes how policies are enacted into law as well as how to engage in policy practice. It includes compelling stories of advocates, activists, and organizations who try to make change in the political and/or legal arenas on behalf of vulnerable populations. The final chapters of the text focus on the economics that surround the policy change process and take a look toward the future.


Upon completing this book readers will be able to:

  • Understand the importance of social work policy practice
  • Describe how social work policies are made into law
  • Engage in policy practice

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