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Grand Challenges for Social Work and Society

Second Edition

Edited by Richard P Barth, Jill Theresa Messing, Trina R. Shanks, and James Herbert Williams

Publication Date - April 2022

ISBN: 9780197608043

512 pages
Hardcover
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $49.95

Includes updates on the initiatives laid out in the first edition and sets new goals for the next five years.

Description

The Grand Challenges for Social Work Initiative (GCSWI), which is spearheaded by the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare (AASWSW), represents a major endeavor for the entire field of social work. GCSWI calls for bold innovation and collective action powered by proven and evolving scientific interventions to address critical social issues facing society. The GCSWI aims to identify and find solutions for some of the most persistent social issues, tackling problems such as homelessness, social isolation, mass incarceration, family violence, and economic inequality.

Grand Challenges for Social Work and Society is an edited book that presents the foundations of the GCSWI, laying out the start of the initiative and providing summaries of each of the twelve challenges. The 13 main chapters that form the core of the book, one on each of the Grand Challenges, are written by the primary research teams who are driving each GC project.

The second edition includes updates on the initiatives laid out in the first edition and sets new goals for the next five years. It also includes new information on the Grand Challenge to Eliminate Racism, expanding the social work pipeline, commentaries from leading social work organizations, and how interdisciplinary science can best provide a platform to tackle society's most urgent problems.

This fully updated second edition of Grand Challenges for Social Work and Society is important reading for all practicing social workers.

New to this Edition

  • New chapter about the Grand Challenge of Eliminating Racism
  • All chapters updated to address new challenges, research, and observations since the first edition
  • Proposes new and updated five-year goals for addressing the Grand Challenges for Social Work and Society

Features

  • Presents the state of the field for each of the Grand Challenges for Social Work, including the added Grand Challenge to Eliminate Racism
  • Outlines plans for future development of solutions for Grand Challenges through research, practices, policy, and by expanding the social work workforce pipeline
  • Leading social work organizations partner with Grand Challenges to reflect on the GCSW framework and success

About the Author(s)

Richard P. Barth, PhD, MSW, is Professor at University of Maryland School of Social Work and Chair, Grand Challenges for Social Work Executive Committee

Jill Theresa Messing, PhD, MSW, is Professor at School of Social Work at Arizona State University

Trina R. Shanks, PhD, is Harold R. Johnson Collegiate Professor of Social Work, Director of Community Engagement at University of Michigan School of Social Work

James Herbert Williams, PhD, MSW, is Arizona Centennial Professor of Social Welfare Services School of Social Work at Arizona State University

Table of Contents

    CONTENTS
    About the Editors
    About the Contributors
    Grand Challenges for Social Work Initiative

    1. Introduction and Updates on the Grand Challenges
    2. Ensuring Healthy Development for Youth by Unleashing the Power of Prevention: An Update on Progress and Priorities
    3. Close the Health Gap
    4. Building Healthy Relationships to End Violence: Broadening the Vision of the Stop Family Violence Grand Challenge
    5. Advance Long and Productive Lives
    6. Eradicate Social Isolation
    7. End Homelessness
    8. Create Social Responses to a Changing Environment
    9. Harness Technology for Social Good
    10. Promote Smart Decarceration
    11. Reduce Extreme Economic Inequality
    12. Build Financial Capability and Assets for All
    13. Achieve Equal Opportunity and Justice
    14. Eliminate Racism
    15. Conclusion

    Commentaries
    Framing the Social Policy Agenda for the Future

    Appendix 1: Grand Challenges Network Co-Leads
    Appendix 2: Sustaining Sponsors of Grand Challenges for Social Work
    Appendix 3: Grand Challenges for Social Work: Vision, Mission, Domain, Guiding Principles, & Guideposts to Action
    Appendix 4: Progress and Plans for the Grand Challenges
    Index

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