Using concrete examples, this optimistic book illustrates the ways in which structural social work theory is being successfully implemented in social work practice. By providing examples of what does work in structural social work practice, it offers hope to others that this work is not only possible, but that it is happening, it is effective, and the rest of us can do it too.
"Structural social work scholarship has long been criticized for lacking sufficient methodological and practical application. This book takes the literature a further - and much needed - step, providing practice-relevant narratives that will assist practitioners, students, and scholars alike. I recommend this book to anyone affiliated with the social services who is interested in progressive, applicable practice." - John R. Graham, Murray Fraser Professor, Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary
"This is a long-awaited book on the practice of structural social work. It cannot be missed by anyone who wishes to promote the cause of the disadvantaged and marginalized in our society." - Kwong-leung Tang, Professor and Chair, Department of Social Work, University of Calgary
About the Authors:
Steven F. Hick is an associate professor at the School of Social Work, Carleton University. A writer, human rights advocate, researcher, and practitioner, Hick is also co-founder of War Child Canada.
Heather I. Peters is an associate professor in the School of Social Work, University of Northern British Columbia, whose practice and research focus on structural social work theory and its application in the field.
Tammy Corner has been working in social services for 20 years and as a structural social worker for the past 11 years. She is currently involved in community development in Ottawa.