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Anti-Oppressive Social Work Practice

Anti-Oppressive Social Work Practice
Putting Theory Into Action

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July 2014 | 512 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Anti-Oppressive Social Work Practice is the first text to fully integrate concepts of anti-oppressive practice with generalist practice course content. This comprehensive approach introduces concepts of social justice and offers detailed insight into how those principles intersect with the practice of social work at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels. The book covers ethics, values, and social work theory, and discusses the fundamentals of working with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. The book illustrates practice within organizations and communities, in addition to highlighting policy and social movement activism and practice within a global context. Maintaining an integrative approach throughout, authors Karen Morgaine and Moshoula Capous-Desyllas effectively bridge the gap between anti-oppressive principles and practice, and offer a practical, comprehensive solution to schools approaching reaccreditation under the mandated CSWE Standards.

Chapter 1: Intersections of Social Work and Social Justice
Chapter 2: Social Work Values and Ethics
Chapter 3: Theoretical Perspectives on Social Work
Chapter 4: Anti-Oppressive Practice with Individuals
Chapter 5: Anti-Oppressive Practice with Families
Chapter 6: Anti-Oppressive Practice with Groups
Chapter 7: Anti-Oppressive Practice Within Organizations
Chapter 8: Anti-Oppressive Practice with Communities
Chapter 9: Anti-Oppressive Policy Practice
Chapter 10: Social Movements
Chapter 11: Global Anti-Oppressive Practice


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  • PowerPoint® Slides: Chapter-specific slide presentations offer assistance with lecture and review preparation by highlighting essential content, features, and artwork from the book.
  • Chapter Activities: These lively and stimulating ideas for use in and out of class reinforce active learning. 
  • Chapter Outlines & Overviews: Carefully crafted outlines follow the structure of each chapter, providing an essential reference and teaching tool.
  • Stories From The Field:  Includes discussion questions specifically tied to end of chapter stories from the field feature to further promote students’ in-depth engagement with the material.
  • Discussion Questions: Chapter-specific questions help launch discussion by prompting students to engage with the material and by reinforcing important content.
Key features
  • Fully integrates concepts of anti-oppressive practice with the generalist practice course content
  • Details the basics of generalist practice, such as critical self-reflection, attention to power and privilege, and dialogue and engagement with individuals, families, and groups
  • Covers anti-oppressive frameworks for practice within organizations and communities, and highlights policy and social activism within a global context
  • Concludes each chapter with stories from the field that illustrate diverse practitioners’ engagement with anti-oppressive practice
  • Integrates additional content related to EPAS standards, such as a focus on critical thinking and student reflection
  • Seamlessly links theory and practice for application at the micro, mezzo and macro levels
  • Covers fundamental skills from the anti-oppressive perspective
  • Explicitly addresses the new CWSE and EPAS standards to integrate social justice into the curriculum

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