Social Work Education and the Grand Challenges Approaches to Curricula and Field Education

Edited By R. Paul Maiden, Eugenia L. Weiss, Copyright 2023

The Grand Challenges for Social Work (GCSW) provides an agenda for society, and for the social work profession. The 13 GCSW have been codified by the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare and are emerging as a significant underpinning in the education of undergraduate and graduate social work students throughout the USA. This volume serves as a guide as to how this can best be achieved in alignment with the 2022 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) from the Council of Social Work Education.

Divided into four parts:

  • Individual and Family Well-Being
  • Stronger Social Fabric
  • A Just Society
  • The Grand Challenges in the Field

Each chapter introduces a Grand Challenge, situates it within the curricula, and provides teaching practices in one of the targeted domains as well as learning objectives, class exercises, and discussions. By showing how to facilitate class discussion, manage difficult conversations, and address diversity, equity, and inclusion as part of teaching the topic, this book will be of interest to all faculty teaching at both undergraduate and graduate levels. It should be noted that there are additional supplementary chapters beyond the 13 GCSW that provide further context for the reader.

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