Springer Publishing Company and Morgan State University Help Social Workers Reach Urban African American Communities With New Text

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New book encompasses a deep understanding of the challenges faced by urban African American communities, including poverty, oppression, racism, and more

Social Work Practice with African Americans in Urban Environments

This text reflects what I, my co-authors, and our contributors have learned, taught, and put into practice for decades, presenting a framework for urban social work practice that encompasses a deep understanding of challenges faced by these communities."

Springer Publishing Company, a leading publisher in social work, social science, and related health and mental health disciplines, has released a vital new text, Social Work Practice with African Americans in Urban Environments, aiding social workers in meeting the unique and specific needs of urban communities of color. The book features contributions from leading social work experts from Morgan State University’s School of Social Work and across the country. It is co-edited by three Morgan State faculty: Dr. Rhonda Wells-Wilbon, Associate Professor; Dr. Anna McPhatter, Dean and Professor; and Dr. Halaevalu Vakalahi, Associate Dean and Professor.

The title is available at: http://www.springerpub.com/social-work-practice-with-african-americans-in-urban-environments.html

Said Sheri W. Sussman, Executive Editor of Social Sciences at Springer Publishing: “The editors and contributors have delivered a book that boldly rejects the notion of ‘color-blind’ social work, calling for culturally competent interventions that are founded on an understanding of the challenges and strengths faced by urban African Americans. We are proud to work with these esteemed authors and editors to make this book possible, and to continue our tradition of publishing on the cutting edge of social work.”

Said Dr. Wells-Wilbon: “For far too long, there has been a dearth of social work texts that fully acknowledge the unique nature of the urban African American experience. This text reflects what I, my co-authors, and our contributors have learned, taught, and put into practice for decades, presenting a framework for urban social work practice that encompasses a deep understanding of the challenges faced by these communities, including poverty, oppression, and racism – and of how these communities’ strengths and resilience are crucial to facing them. From a perspective based on empowerment, cultural competence, and multiculturalism, our book delivers proven strategies for social work practice within the urban African American population, including field education, community engagement, practice, and policy.”

Social Work with African Americans in Urban Environments presents a framework for urban social work practice from a unique perspective on the challenges faced by these communities, confronting such challenges as poverty, oppression, and racism with an approach that truly meets these communities where they are. Challenging the division of social work into micro, mezzo, and macro categories, the book calls on urban social workers to think outside of the box, working with other professionals and with residents of their communities to achieve transformation.

Social Work Practice with African Americans in Urban Environments consists of 24 chapters, each of which addresses a different aspect of social work practice in these communities, including but not limited to the intersections between urban African Americans and other marginalized groups. Among the many subjects explored are: a history of pioneering African Americans in urban social work; black immigrants in urban communities; lesbian, gay and transgender African American individuals; faith-based social work for mental health; HIV/AIDS; substance abuse treatment and prevention; youth violence; domestic violence; and aging. The book concludes with a set of chapters offering a policy framework for social justice, founded on the strengths and values of African American communities.

About Springer Publishing Company

A pioneer in health care and social science publishing, Springer Publishing Company is known as an innovative publisher in the fields of nursing, social work, psychology, counseling, public health, health administration, gerontology, and, under the Demos Medical imprint, clinical medicine. The company has won numerous awards, including the American Library Association (ALA) Choice Awards, the Association of American Publishers (AAP) PROSE Awards, and the American Journal of Nursing (AJN) Book of the Year Awards, and publishes 150 quality titles annually, all available as eBooks, in addition to 21 journals, mobile apps, and digital products. Springer Publishing Company is passionate about providing the best professional books, textbooks, guides, and reference works to professionals, instructors, and students. For more information, visit http://www.springerpub.com.

About the Morgan State University School of Social Work
Since its founding in 1969, the School of Social Work has been committed to its mission of fully preparing urban social work leaders who are committed to the alleviation of human suffering, social justice, and the improvement of the quality of life for diverse urban populations. In 1975, it became one of the first undergraduate programs in the country to receive accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education, and in 2007 the department expanded to add a Masters and PhD program. All of the school’s programs have continued its rich tradition of enhancing the knowledge base of future social workers and leaders in America with a specific interest in specializing in urban areas. Since the first class earning the B.A. degree graduated in 1971, students completing the undergraduate degree in social work have gone on to distinguished careers in social work and other related disciplines. Social agencies located in the Baltimore-Metropolitan area employ numerous Morgan social work graduates.

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