The authors chose to stress the use of the generalist model with larger systems and create an overarching integrated social work theory. In addition, they integrate possible practice responses with selected relevant human behavior knowledge. The authors stress critical thinking and problem solving which should help practitioners engage in relevant and accountable practices. The authors believe that when social workers feel comfortable and capable doing macropractice, they will then possess the necessary skills to help the community become empowered.
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Thomas M. Meenaghan (PhD, MSW, Fordham University) is professor emeritus in the Ehrenkranz School of Social Work at New York University. Prior to joining the faculty, Professor Meenaghan was a member of the faculty and held major education responsibilities at the Ohio State University and Loyola University Chicago. Professor Meenaghan has practiced in the Institute of Urban Research, serves as a program proposal reviewer for the Department of Health and Human Services, has been a member of the Commission on Accreditation of Social Work, and is active with a variety of community bodies. He is the author of five books and several articles. Possessing graduate degrees in social work and sociology, he looks for connections between social science disciplines and practice interventions.
W. Eugene Gibbons (DSW, MSW, University of Utah) is professor emeritus in the Graduate School of Social Work at Brigham Young University. He received the Knee/Whittman Lifetime Distinguished Service Award presented by the National Association of Social Workers in 2000. He has served on the Commission on Accreditation of Social Work.
John G. McNutt (PhD, University of Tennessee; MSW, University of Alabama) is professor of social work at the University of Delaware. His research program looks at the use of Internet technology in social change and technology use by nonprofit organizations. He has coauthored and coedited four books and has published and presented widely on advocacy, technology, and nonprofit organizations. He is also the moderator for the Nonprofit Informatics Research Group and the Electronic Advocacy Group.
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