Community Practice

Community Practice : Theories and Skills for Social Workers

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Community Practice is a comprehensive resource for social workers and students eager to learn how to practice effectively in complex systems and diverse communities. In this completely revised edition of the definitive text in the field, the authors have thoroughly updated each chapter and added two entirely new chapters on community building and community organizing. New material on topics such as negotiation and mediation, community advocacy, participatory rural appraisal, the narrative approach to social change, community involvement, representative client boards, and the latest in grassroots endeavors make this text as inspiring as it is practical. Drawing upon the wealth of information available from local organizations, the Internet, newspapers, and academic journals, the authors introduce contemporary experiments and analyze classic modes of community practice and change. The content, exercises, and references offer instructors the flexibility necessary to tailor their courses to undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral level students.This new edition will continue to provide a comprehensive and integrated overview of the theory and skills fundamental to all areas of social work practice. Broad in scope, it offers students as well as practitioners the tools necessary to promote the welfare of individuals and more

Product details

  • Paperback | 476 pages
  • 176 x 252 x 20mm | 839.14g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • numerous text boxes
  • 019514161X
  • 9780195141610

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Advanced Praise "A seminal contribution to social work texts on community practice. I applaud the impressive efforts of the authors."-Fred Brooks, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Georgia State University School of Social Workshow more

Table of contents

1. Community Practice: An Introduction; PART I. UNDERSTANDING THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT AND SOCIAL INTERACTION; 2. Theory-Based, Model-Based Community Practice; 3. The Nature of Social and Community Problems; 4. The Concept of Community in Social Work Practice; 5. Community Intervention and Programs: Let's Extend the Clan; PART II. COMMUNITY PRACTICE SKILLS FOR SOCIAL WORKERS: USING THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT; 6. Discovering and Documenting the Life of a Community; 7. Using Assessment in Community Practice; 8. Using Self in Community Practice: Assertiveness; 9. Using Your Agency; 10. Using Work Groups: Committees, Teams, and Boards; 11. Using Networks and Networking; 12. Using Social Marketing; 13. Using the Advocacy Spectrum; 14. Using Organizing: Acting in Concert; 15. Community Social Caseworkshow more

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