Working in Rural Communities
The tasks of recruiting and retaining a workforce as well as delivering services in rural communities differ from these same tasks in urban communities. Find resources in this section related to working in rural communities.
- Access to services in rural communities
- Rural cultural competency
- Ethical issues in rural child welfare practice
Recruitment and Retention of Child Welfare Social Workers in Rural Communities: Literature Review (PDF - 238 KB)
Northern California Training Academy (2007)
Identifies factors influencing recruitment and retention of rural social workers.
National Association for Rural Mental Health
Develops and enhances rural mental health and substance abuse services. The professional organization's members from the rural mental health community include consumers, family members, practitioners, administrators, educators, researchers, and policy makers.
The National Rural Health Association
Provides information on a nonprofit membership organization that hosts conferences and provides publications, including the professional quarterly publication, Journal of Rural Health, and the quarterly online human interest magazine, Rural Roads.
Rethinking Rural Human Service Delivery in Challenging Times: The Case for Service Integration (PDF - 287 KB)
Gutierrez, Belanger, Clark, Friedman, Forrest–Redfern, Weber et al. (2010)
Rural Policy Research Institute
Discusses challenges facing delivery of human services in rural areas and makes a case for moving to a regionally integrated rural services system to meet those challenges.
Social Workers' Suggestions for Effective Rural Practice (PDF - 134 KB)
Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services, 88(2), 2007
Offers specific recommendations for social work practice with rural people and communities.
Social Work in Rural Communities
Ginsberg (5th ed.) (2011)
Offers a compendia of modern approaches to social work in rural communities written by social work scholars, educators, and practitioners. The text addresses issues such as professional isolation, lack of supervision, the almost inevitable existence of dual relationships, and more.
Utilizing Quality Clinical Supervision as a Workforce Retention Strategy in Rural Community Mental Health (PDF - 42 KB)
Mitchell, Destefano, Martinez, & Potter (2010)
Journal of Rural Community Psychology, E12(2), 2009
Discusses how rural community mental health agencies are vulnerable to increased turnover rates for mental health care professionals.