Community Practice: Theories and Skills for Social Workers

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Oxford University Press, 2004 - Social Science - 463 pages
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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 communities.
  

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Contents

Community Practice An Introduction
3
UNDERSTANDING THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT AND SOCIAL INTERACTION
31
TheoryBased ModelBased Community Practice
33
The Nature of Social and Community Problems
61
The Concept of Community in Social Work Practice
91
Community Intervention and Programs Lets Extend the Clan
120
COMMUNITY PRACTICE SKILLS FOR SOCIAL WORKERS USING THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT
143
Discovering and Documenting the Life of a Community
145
Using Your Agency
244
Using Work Groups Committees Teams and Boards
272
Using Networks and Networking
293
Using Social Marketing
320
Using the Advocacy Spectrum
355
Using Organizing Acting in Concert
391
Community Social Casework
426
Subject Index
441

Using Assessment in Community Practice
172
Using Self in Community Practice Assertiveness
208
Name Index
453

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David A. Hardcastle, Patricia Powers, and Stanley Wenocur are all at University of Maryland.

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