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Resources in Social Work Management

Here at UAlbany, students in the Social Welfare program have the option to pursue a concentration in either Clinical Social Work or Management/Administration. The Management/Administration, or MACRO, concentration focuses mainly on the administrative side of Social Work. Social work administration shares many of the components of administration found in other organizations, while at the same time requiring knowledge of human behavior, values, social problems, and social services. The roles taken on by a social work administrator are varied. Some of these roles often involve policy formation and goal setting, program design and implementation, management of key operations and the budget, direction and supervision of personnel, public relations, and evaluation. Many of the day to day tasks of a social work administrator include setting goals, acquiring the resources necessary to achieve those goals, problem solving and negotiating, team building, and managing information. The ability to work with and motivate others, as well as creative thinking and leadership, are the major keys to administrative success in the field of social work.

One of the preeminent organizations related to social work administration is The National Network for Social Work Managers. The Network is comprised of social workers from all levels of management that work in a broad and diverse range of human services organizations. The National Network for Social Work Managers is committed to aiding social work managers in the development of their management skills through annual conferences and the Network’s management standards. The standards set by the Network constitute the characteristics synonymous with quality management and identify the competencies needed by those working in management positions.

There are many resources available to Social Work Management students located right here in the Dewey Library, which include the following:

Hughes, Mark, and Michael Wearing. Organisations and Management in Social Work. Minneapolis: Sage Publications Ltd, 2007.Dewey Library / HD 7261 H84X 2007

Enhancing social work management theory and best practice from the UK and USA. Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2007.Dewey Library / HV 245 E55 2007

An Empowering Approach to Managing Social Service Organizations. Boston: Springer Company, 2006. Dewey Library / HV 40 E465 2007

If you have any questions regarding Social Work Management, please Elaine Bergman, who is our Bibliographer for Reference, Social Welfare, and Gerontology. She can be contacted by email at: ebergman@uamail.albany.edu, or by calling 442-3695.

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