Academic journal article School Social Work Journal

School Social Work: Practice, Policy, and Research (8Th Ed.)

Academic journal article School Social Work Journal

School Social Work: Practice, Policy, and Research (8Th Ed.)

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School Social Work: Practice, Policy, and Research (8th ed.) Carol Rippey Massat, Michael S. Kelly, and Robert Constable (Eds.) Lyceum Books, Chicago, IL, 2016 695 pages (paperback), $86.95, ISBN 978-1-935871-69-9

Reviewed by Rhonda Peterson Dealey

This latest edition of School Social Work: Practice, Policy, and Research offers school social work students and practitioners a historical overview of school social work as well as the most current perspectives, research, and standards of practice. In this edition, Massat, Kelly, and Constable offer ten new chapters and eight extensively revised chapters representing the work of twenty-one school social work scholars new to this edition. The book reflects current trends and critical emphases that are shaping policy, practice, and research within school social work, such as Common Core Standards, cultural competency, evidence-informed practice, and the three-tiered model of intervention.

Section I, "History and General Perspectives in School Social Work," contains eight chapters that discuss the role and focus of school social workers, supervision, ethical decision making, and confidentiality. Also included in this section are compelling chapters on evidence-informed practice and a consultative model of indirect service to multitiered systems of support (MTSS).

Section II, "The Policy Context for School Social Work Practice," consists of five chapters. The opening chapter provides a comprehensive yet concise overview of educational mandates related to education of children with disabilities. Efforts to devise national standards for social-emotional learning are examined in another chapter. Two chapters in this section examine historical and current policies affecting the education of African American and vulnerable populations. The final chapter in this section examines policies and research around bullying and sexual harassment in schools.

The five chapters in Section III, "Assessment and Practice-Based Research in School Social Work," examine data-driven decision making in problem-solving teams, special education processes, adaptive behavior assessment, and needs assessment in school social work practice. …

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