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This book integrates policy and practice, and shows readers that policy is an important part of social work practice, and that it cannot be avoided. McInnis-Dittrich helps readers understand how policy works and how to make it work for themselves as practitioners.
1. The Social Work Practitioner and Social Welfare Policy. 2. Implementing Social Welfare Policy: The Internal Environment of the Social Service Agency. 3. The External Environment of Social Service Agencies. 4. The Current Social Welfare System: A Patchwork of Programs. 5. Developing Social Welfare Policy: A Political Process. 6. The Policy-Making Process: The Problem-Solving Approach. 7. Policy Evaluation, Research, and Analysis. 8. The Practitioner's Role in Influencing Public Policy Change. 9. The Practitioner's Role in Changing Agency-Level Policy.