Book Description

About the Author Jessica A. Ritter, BSW, MSSW, PhD, is Associate Professor and Director of the BSW Program, Pacific University, Forest Grove, Oregon, USA. Her 20-year career as a social worker and academic has been dedicated to political advocacy, child welfare, and children's rights. Over the course of her career, she has held a variety of positions at both the micro and macro levels-from working as a caseworker at Children's Protective Services to working in an administrative capacity in child welfare to conducting research. Today, her passion includes teaching policy and macro level social work courses with the goal of getting undergraduate social work students excited about social policy, demystifying the political process, increasing their levels of political efficacy, and inspiring them to be engaged politically. Dr. Ritter is the author of Social Work Policy Practice: Changing Our Community, Nation, and the World (2012). She is a Fulbright scholar and serves on the Board of Directors of Children First for Oregon, USA. Read more