Social Environments and Human Behavior: Contexts for Practice with Groups, Organizations, Communities, and Social Movements / Edition 1

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SOCIAL ENVIRONMENTS AND HUMAN BEHAVIOR uses an innovative liberal arts approach to teach social work students the impact of the social environment on human behavior. The text includes readings organized into four modules: groups, communities, organizations, and social movements. Each set of readings brings together theoretical information, research, artistic expression, and practical application to give students a better understanding of the systems in which they will work. Each reading has been chosen to help students connect what they learn in the Human Behavior and the Social Environment course to other courses, as well as to the practice behaviors outlined by the revised Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) from the Council on Social Work Education.

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T. Laine Scales is Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Professional Development and Professor of Higher Education at Baylor University, Waco, Texas. She served for 12 years as a faculty member in social work at Baylor University and Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas, where she taught human behavior with individuals, groups, communities, and organizations. Dr. Scales has published in the areas of social welfare history, spirituality and religion in social work, and rural social work. She has authored, edited, or co-edited seven books, including ALL THAT FITS A WOMAN: TRAINING SOUTHERN BAPTIST WOMEN FOR CHARITY AND MISSION, 1907-1926 (Mercer University Press, 2000), SPIRITUALITY AND RELIGION IN SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE: DECISION CASES WITH TEACHING NOTES (Council on Social Work Education, 2002), RURAL SOCIAL WORK: ASSET-BUILDING TO SUSTAIN RURAL COMMUNITIES (Brooks/Cole, 2004), and DECISION CASES FOR GENERALIST PRACTICE: THINKING LIKE A SOCIAL WORKER (Thomson, 2006). Dr. Scales earned her BA at the University of North Carolina, her MSW at the Carver School of Church Social Work, Louisville, KY, and her PhD at the University of Kentucky.

Jon E. Singletary is Diana R. Garland Chair of Children and Family Studies and Associate Dean for Baccalaureate Studies in the School of Social Work, Baylor University, Waco, Texas. Receiving his MSW and PhD degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University, Dr. Singletary's interests are in community organizing and social movements, particularly as they involve congregations and faith-based organizations. He also holds a Master of Divinity degree from Baptist Theological Seminary of Richmond and served as pastor of a Mennonite congregation in Richmond, Virginia, supporting nonviolent initiatives in the local community. In addition, he practiced with an agency providing health care to people who were homeless. Dr. Singletary has published over 20 peer-reviewed articles and over 35 presentations on communities and congregations. He teaches in the BSW and MSW programs in the areas of human behavior with groups, communities, organizations, and social movements, as well as practice courses.

H. Stephen Cooper is Assistant Professor of Social Work and Associate Dean, College of Liberal and Applied Arts, at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. He has also served as the Coordinator for the School's Initiative for Rural Research and Development. Dr. Cooper teaches both BSW and MSW courses, primarily in the areas of human behavior, research, policy, and community/organizational theory and practice. He earned a BS in psychology and an MSW from Stephen F. Austin State University, and a PhD in social work at the University of Texas at Austin. His work experience includes law enforcement, child/adolescent community mental health, adolescent residential treatment, therapeutic wilderness programming, administration, and network planning/development. Dr. Cooper's research interests include child and adolescent mental health, juvenile delinquency, rural social work, community practice, and civic engagement.

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Table of Contents

Preface. About the Authors. Human Behavior and Your Social Work Curriculum: An Introduction. Unit I: SMALL GROUPS. Reading 1. Human Behavior in Small Groups. Reading 2. Resistance and Hostility in Group Members. Reading 3. The Caregivers. Reading 4. Taking Theory to Practice. Unit II: HUMAN BEHAVIOR IN ORGANIZATIONS. Reading 1. Human Behavior in Organizations: An Overview. Reading 2. The Principles of Scientific Management. Reading 3. Compassion Song. Reading 4. Taking Theory to Practice. Unit III: COMMUNITIES. Reading 1. Human Behavior in Communities. Reading 2. The Good Community—What Would It Be? Reading 3. Photographic Essay: Thriving Communities of Northeastern Africa. Reading 4. Taking Theory to Practice. Unit IV: SOCIAL MOVEMENTS. Reading 1. Human Behavior in Social Movements. Reading 2. Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions, Seneca Falls Convention. Reading 3. Patriotic Observation. Reading 4. Taking Theory to Practice. Summary. References. Index.

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