The aim of this concise book is to link Canadian social welfare policy with social welfare practice so that students, practitioners, and even consumers of human services can understand the impact of policies on the human services. This text guides readers through the process of analyzing and contributing to the policies that affect the day-to-day lives of practitioners and consumers of human services. It provides an excellent general overview of the current policy environment in Canada and provides a useful and clear scan of various policy- making models. Connecting Policy to Practice in the Human Services focuses more on how policy affects and relates to the needs of service users.
About the Authors:
Dr. Brad McKenzie is Professor of Social Work at the University of Manitoba. He began his career as a generalist social worker in Northern Saskatchewan and completed a Masters degree at the University of Manitoba and a doctoral degree in Social Work at Arizona State University. He has held administrative positions as the Acting Associate Dean, the first Director of the Winnipeg Education Centre's Social Work Program (1981-1987), Coordinator of Field Instruction, and Chair of the Graduate Program Committee. Over the past ten years, he has been the primary advisor to more than 35 graduate social work students. His primary teaching areas are Social Policy Analysis, Program Evaluation, and Child and Family Welfare. Between 1999 and 2003, he was the Director of a $2.3 million CIDA-funded international project in Lviv, Ukraine, that led to the development of a new School of Social Work and a consumer-directed resource centre serving people with disabilities.
Dr. Brian Wharf is Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Human and Social Development, University of Victoria. He earned his B.A. from UBC in English and History (1953), his Masters of Social Work four years later, and his PhD from Brandeis University in 1969. During his long career at the University of Victoria, Brian was Director, School of Social Work; Dean, Faculty of Human and Social Development; Professor in a multi-disciplinary graduate program; and Acting Director, School of Public Administration. Brian has published a number of books with Oxford, including Connecting Policy to Practice, first and second editions, and Community Organizing and Rethinking Child Welfare in Canada.