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Practicing Rural Social Work
Social Work Faculty Publications
  • Paul Force-Emery Mackie, Minnesota State University - Mankato
  • Kimberly A. Zammit, Minnesota State University - Mankato
  • Michelle E. Alvarez, Minnesota State University - Mankato
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Within the conversation surrounding rural social work, there is a consistent focus on theoretical arguments, definitions, and political concerns, and a limited discussion of direct practice. This book speaks directly to practice concerns as they apply to rural environments at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels. The authors use a generalist model of practice and apply systems and person-in-environment theories to help readers develop a more sophisticated understanding of general problems and concerns found in rural communities. To truly respond to the well-being of rural residents, rural social workers need to learn to identify and implement opportunities for growth, development, health, and welfare. This book encourages critical thinking, careful reflection, and self-directed learning so as to foster real, positive, sustainable social change in rural environments.
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Mackie, P.F.E., Zammitt, K., & Alvarez, M. (2016). Practicing rural social work. Chicago, IL: Lyceum Books.