Reemergence of Policy Practice: A Journey Back to our Roots


  • Katharine V. Byers Indiana University School of Social Work



Policy practice, Influencing State Policy, teaching advocacy skills


Many people and events have contributed to a renewed focus on policy practice in social work and social work education, culminating in the inclusion of policy practice as one of the ten core social work competencies in the 2008 Council on Social Work Education EPAS. Robert Schneider, founder of Influencing State Policy, was a key player in elevating policy practice, particularly at the state level, in light of the increasing devolution of social policy decision-making to the states. Other social workers and educators created opportunities for policy scholars and practitioners to collaborate, including Leon Ginsberg and the Policy Conference that he and others initiated. Now a new generation of policy practitioners will continue to educate social workers in policy practice skills in the pursuit of social justice

Author Biography

Katharine V. Byers, Indiana University School of Social Work

Ph.D., Associate Professor and Director of the BSW program on the Bloomington campus