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Development on Purpose - Book
Development on Purpose: Faith and Human Behavior in the Social Environment provides both students and seasoned professionals with a coherent framework for considering HBSE from a Christian perspective. It was developed to be a companion text for HBSE and related courses at both undergraduate and graduate levels.
- Biblical Themes to Ground Us
- A Theological Model for Understanding Human Behavior in the Social Environment (HBSE)
- The Perspectives of Social Work from the Lens of Faith
- The Biological Dimension
- The Psychological Dimension
- The Social Dimension
The second half of Development on Purpose then uses detailed case examples to illuminate the way that faith can relate to work with persons across the lifespan. This includes chapters on:
- Infancy: Early Growth toward God and Others
- Childhood: Playing and Learning (ages 3-12)
- Adolescence: Leaning into Identity (ages 13-18)
- Emerging Adulthood: Feeling In-Between
- Middle Adulthood: At the Intersection of Growth and Decline
- Older Adulthood: Finishing Well
In showing how a Christian understanding of humans can inform the study and practice of social work, the book’s chapters can be used interchangeably, making this an excellent companion text for Human Behavior in the Social Environment and related courses in faith-based social work programs. To support the use of this book in the classroom, NACSW has begun to develop a collection of online teaching resources and/ for your use. These free resources include summaries of key concepts and terms found in Development on Purpose, discussion questions, an annotated bibliography, and eventually suggested class activities and assignments.
Carla J. MacDonald, Ed.D., MSW, ACSW, LSW, MBA, Director of BSW Social Work Education at Huntington University, writes that “Lisa Hosack’s Development on Purpose: Faith and Human Behavior in the Social Environment (2019) is an inspiring foundation for teaching the integration of the fundamentals of human development and Christian faith. Providing a strong overview of lifespan developmental theory, Development on Purpose addresses Biblical themes, models for development, and risk and resiliency frameworks. It takes the reader through the biological, psychological, and social dimensions of HBSE, and covers the human lifespan from infancy to older adulthood. It also provides direction for “Christians in social work who may wonder about situations in which clients are not persons of faith.” (p. 16) and overall provides a valuable knowledge base for Christians in social work."