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Social Welfare Policy for a Sustainable Future The U.S. in Global Context Katherine S. van
Social Welfare Policy
for a Sustainable Future
The U.S. in Global Context
Katherine S. van Wormer
University of Northern Iowa
Rosemary J. Link

Simpson College

Paperback: $99.00 Discount Price: $70.00* ISBN: 978-1-4522-4031-2 March 2015, 448 pages

Unique in its use of a sustainability framework, Social Welfare Policy for a Sustainable Future goes beyond U.S. borders to examine U.S. government policies—including child welfare, social services, health care, and criminal justice—within a global context. Guided by the belief that forces from the global market and globalization affect all social workers in their practice, the book addresses a wide range of relevant topics, including the refugee journey, the impact of new technologies, war trauma, global policy instruments, and restorative justice. A sustainability policy analysis model and an ecosystems framework for trauma-informed care are also presented in this timely text.


A unique organizational framework examines current policies through the lens of sustainability.

Thinking Sustainably boxes link chapter content to the theme of sustainability.

Guidelines for sustainable policy analysis for each step draw on a framework that can be used for program evaluation and class projects.

Boxed readings on social work practice in such countries as South Korea, Ghana, Norway, the UK, and Nicaragua are included.

Thought-provoking photographs and narratives relate the personal with the political.

Pedagogy includes up-to-date charts, statistical tables, and end-of-chapter critical thinking questions.

Attention to human rights articles as contained in the UN Declaration is consistent with the 2015 CSWE emphasis on human rights.

An ecosystems framework for trauma-informed care is also presented in the text.

Table of Contents
Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Social Work and Social Policy:

A Sustainability Framework

Chapter 2: Historical Foundations of Social Welfare Policy

Chapter 7: Child Welfare

Chapter 8: Sustainable Health Care Policies

Chapter 9: Mental Health Care Policy

Chapter 3: Purpose and Structure of Social Welfare Policy

Chapter 10: Sustainable Policy for Older Adults by Christina L. Erickson

Chapter 4: Environmental Sustainability and the Social Work Profession

Chapter 5: Poverty and Inequality by Suzanne McDevitt

Chapter 11: Human Rights

Chapter 12: Sustainability Policy Analysis and Policy Practice

Chapter 6: Minority Groups and the Impact of Oppression

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