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Consider Yourself Asked: Introduction to Political Social Work.- Contexts for Political Social Work Practice.- 'Promoting the General Welfare of Society': The Political Activity of Social Workers and Human Service Organizations.- Power, Empowerment, and Conflict: Engaging Effectively with Power in Political Settings.- Getting on the Agenda: Assessing the Political Context and Developing Political Strategy.- Planning the Political Intervention: Advocacy Campaigns.- Planning the Political Intervention: Electoral Campaigns.- Planning the Political Intervention: Voter Engagement.- Persuasive Political Communication.- Volunteer and Staff Management.- Understanding and Raising Resources.- Budgeting and Allocating Resources.- Evaluating Political Social Work Efforts.- Making Ethical Decisions in Political Social Work.- Political Social Work Careers and Leadership: From Jane Addams to You!.

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Shannon R. Lane, LMSW, PhD is Associate Professor at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University, where she teaches policy and research in the MSW, and PhD programs. Her research includes efforts to increase the political involvement of social workers and underserved populations and her advocacy focuses on issues such as health care access and gender based violence. Her political social work experience includes eight years with Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle. Shannon earned her BA in Psychology from George Washington University, MSW from the University of Michigan, and PhD in Social Work from the University of Connecticut. She is affiliated with the Humphreys Institute for Political Social Work at the University of Connecticut, where she contributes to the Annual Campaign School for Social Workers, an evaluator of the Voter Empowerment Program, and chairs the Board Committee on Research. She is also a member of the Council on the Status and Role of Women in Social Work Education with the Council on Social Work Education, an ally of the Special Commission to Advance Macro Practice in Social Work, and a member of the advisory board of the Congressional Research Institute for Social Work and Policy (CRISP).
Suzanne Pritzker, PhD is an Associate Professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work, where she teaches courses in policy analysis and advocacy in the MSW and PhD programs. Her research focuses on young people's civic engagement and on strategies to increase political participation. She has authored over 20 publications on topics specifically related to policy and civic engagement. Her political social work experience includes working as a Virginia Governor's Fellow, as an appointee in the Office of the Virginia Secretary of Education, and as an analyst with the Virginia General Assembly. Suzanne earned her BA in History and M.Ed. in Social Foundations of Education from the University of Virginia, MSW from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a PhD in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis. At the University of Houston, she coordinates the College's Austin Legislative Internship Program, through which graduate social work students are competitively selected to intern full-time in the Texas Legislature, founded and leads a monthly Policy Insider Series that brings social work policy experts to campus monthly, and chairs the College's Political Social Work Specialization. She is a member of the Council on Practice Methods and Specializations with the Council on Social Work Education, an ally of the Special Commission to Advance Macro Practice in Social Work, and a member of the board of Influencing Social Policy (ISP).

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