All social work practice, from intervention to how payments or reimbursements are made, is regulated by social policies. Professionals, however, cannot arbitrarily select which policy to follow in any circumstance; knowing what comprises a given policy is essential, but equally important is understanding how to amend a policy by applying unique skills that reflect the social work profession's shared values and beliefs. Recognizing that a series of interdependent social policies govern every aspect of social work in both nonprofit and public organizations, this practice-specific textbook focuses on influencing social policies in an agency setting or through formal governmental processes. The Handbook for Policy Practice explores a wide range of topics that are critical tools in every social worker's policy practice repertoire: DT Recognizing the various social justice theories and their role in social policy. DT Understanding critical thinking as a practice skill. DT Social media as a practice tool. DT Preparing and presenting testimony to a legislative committee or group of people. DT Formulating a clear, well-focused written policy brief for a Board of Directors or legislative committee. DT Organizing policy specific advocacy activities including a public forum, social work day at the legislature, and voter registration projects. DT The 30-second elevator speech. DT Writing newspaper op-eds and letters to the editor. Purposefully, the Handbook also relies on information comes from the digital world. Using the web as a primary source builds on the social work profession's long-held belief to begin where the client is. Using the links to the various data and citation sources, readers will learn to identify and discern the features of a valid web site. As a whole, this book is an essential resource for all BSW and MSW students.
PART 1: Context and Framework; Introduction to PART 1; Chapter One - Social Policy and Social Work: An Overview; Chapter Two - Recognizing the Underpinnings of Social Policy and Social Welfare Policy; Chapter Three - Justice Theory and the Social Work Profession: Is This Fair and Just; Chapter Four - Critical Thinking: The Key to Policy Practice; Chapter Five - Contours of Analysis; PART 2: The Making of Social Policies; Introduction to PART 2; Chapter Six - Federal Government-Based Policy Development; Chapter Seven - State and Local Government-Based Policy Development; Chapter Eight - Agency Based Policy Development; PART 3: Impacting the Policy Making Process; Introduction to PART 3; Chapter Nine - Policy Practice Strategies, Tactics, and Techniques; Chapter Ten - Social Media, Info Sheets, and Other Tools for Effective Communication; PART 4: Not the End but the Beginning; Introduction to PART 4; Chapter Eleven - Glossary of Policy Practice Related Terms; Chapter Twelve - Final Thoughts; Appendices; Appendix 1 - Congressional Caucuses, 115th Congress; Appendix 2 - Example of Federal Register Call for Proposed Rules Change; Appendix 3 - Social Workers in Congress, 114th Congress and Social Workers in State and Local Offices; Appendix 4 - Examples of Op-Eds Written by Social Workers; Appendix 5: Op-ed and Letters to the Editor Guidelines, 100 On-line and Print Publications; Appendix 6: Example of Policy Issue Brief; Index