ItemA culturally competent approach to engagement, assessment, intervention, and evaluation with LGBT elders: A case example(Wichita State University, School of Social Work, 2015-05-28) Meehan, JenniferThe following is a case example that highlights some of the substantive issues that may be presented by a Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, and Transgender [LGBT] older adult who is receiving mental health services. It offers concrete examples that social work students in field practicum can use during the engagement, assessment, intervention, and evaluation processes with LGBT elders. Keywords: Cultural competency, LGBT, aging, social work ItemGoing beyond Trauma Informed Care (TIC) training for child welfare supervisors and frontline workers: The need for system wide policy changes implementing TIC practices in all child welfare agencies(Wichita State University, School of Social Work, 2015-05-28) Heffernan, Kristin; Viggiani, PamelaThis article reviews current efforts to train child welfare workers in trauma informed practices and argues that trauma informed care adaptation and training must transcend case workers and supervisors in order for true systemic change to occur. This means establishing an agency vision, mission, policies, and procedures that result in the manifestation of trauma informed care in the agency's environment and in the practices of the administration and the staff. This article asserts that trauma informed care agencies will result in better outcomes for children and families served while preventing vicarious traumatization of agency staff. Additionally, within a trauma informed care setting, social workers and other advanced generalist practitioners are given the opportunity to search for opportunities to understand clients in the context of their lived experiences and join with clients and their families to empower them in a collaborative partnership focused on recovery. ItemBook review: "Adopting older children: A practical guide to adopting and parenting children"(Wichita State University, School of Social Work, 2015-05-28) Peterson, McKenzie"Adopting Older Children" is a guide to show families who are looking into adopting a child over the age of four how to go about it. Whether it is married families, single parents, African American, Caucasians, or gay/lesbian families this book illustrates different steps to not only go about the adoption process but also how to educate your friends and family about adoption, how to blend adopted and non-adopted children, what to do if your adopted child wants to know about their biological parents and how to get into contact with them. This book also explains the importance of knowing different cultures when you are adopting interracially. This book has three coauthors, Stephanie Bosco-Ruggiero, Gloria Russo-Wassell, and Victor Groza who have expertise in trauma, educational development psychology, and mental health, respectively. By reading this book you would get a better understanding of adoption and how it may benefit you personally. ItemBook review: "Generation unbound: Drifting into sex and parenthood without marriage"(Wichita State University, School of Social Work, 2015-05-28) Ekle, AmandaThe book, Generation Unbound: Drifting into Sex and Parenthood without Marriage, Sawhill advocates for a new line of thought when viewing the ways to reduce poverty caused by single motherhood. Essentially, she advocates for more reliable and accessible forms of birth control. Her prescription for this reduction is for the Affordable Care Act to include more reliable and long term forms of birth control, for Medicaid coverage for family planning services, for the use of social media to educate younger generations. Her goal is to change social norms towards sexual relationships, and to increase public discussion of the important role that birth control can play in reducing child poverty and improve social mobility. Sawhill wants to take the pregnancy out of sex by blending personal responsibility with increased access to and information about birth control. ItemBook review: Rules for Radicals by Saul Alinsky(Wichita State University, School of Social Work, 2015-05-28) Frantz, TrentSaul Alinsky's "Rules for Radicals" is a monumental and foundational text for social leaders who desire to affect change within organizations, communities, and society (Alinsky, 1971). In this text, the author outlines thirteen rules that he believes are essential to organizing an effective social movement. I will address the rules which I find to be most and least applicable to social work professional ideals. Additionally, I will discuss what I consider to be the important aspects of the book which can be applied to social work practice. Finally, I will discuss how the book theme applies to our current social and political environment in the United States.