Best-selling author Karen Kirst-Ashman introduces you to the ins and outs of human behavior in macro settings in HUMAN BEHAVIOR IN THE MACRO SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT: AN EMPOWERMENT APPROACH TO UNDERSTANDING COMMUNITIES, ORGANIZATIONS, AND GROUPS. The text challenges you to think critically about how macro systems affect human behavior and ultimately, the practice of social work. Kirst-Ashman focuses on empowerment, highlighting the ways that communities, organizations, and groups promote positive change by building upon their strengths — taking you straight to the heart of what social work is all about.
Karen K. Kirst-Ashman is Professor Emerita and former chairperson in the Social Work Department at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where she taught for 28 years. She has written six social work textbooks in multiple editions and numerous publications, articles, and reviews on social work and women's issues. She also has served as a consulting editor on many social work journals. Dr. Kirst-Ashman was a board member of the CSWE from 1998 to 2001 and has served as a CSWE accreditation site visitor on various occasions. She is certified as a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Wisconsin and has been the recipient of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Roseman Award for Excellence in Teaching. She earned her BSW degree in 1972 and MSSW degree in 1973 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her Ph.D. in social work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
1. Introduction to Human Behavior in the Macro Social Environment. 2. Values and Principles That Guide Generalist Practice in the Macro Social Environment. 3. Human Behavior in Groups: Theories and Dynamics. 4. Types of Groups in the Macro Social Environment. 5. Knowledge and Theories About Organizations. 6. Social Service Organizational Settings, Goals, and Environmental Contexts. 7. Organizational Structures and Dynamics. 8. Human Behavior, Management, and Empowerment in Organizations. 9. Communities in the Macro Social Environment: Theories and Concepts. 10. Assessment of Geographic Communities and Empowerment. 11. Neighborhood Empowerment. 12. Diversity, Populations-At-Risk, and Empowerment in the Macro Social Environment. 13. Social Justice and the Global Community.