Community Practice: Models in Action

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Psychology Press, 1997 - Social Science - 143 pages
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Community Practice: Models in Action stresses the value of using research to examine, develop, and update community practice models. By raising questions about traditional models and identifying contextual and environmental issues that are vital to the study of community practice, this book helps you understand the relationship between theory and action. Your understanding, in turn, will lead to improvements in your practice in the areas of leadership, creativity, and the ability to affect change.

Focused strongly on community organization and community development, Community Practice: Models in Action provides you with research-based examinations of emerging issues grounded in the realities of contemporary contexts and challenges. It illustrates actual practice with major models and helps you by:
  • documenting the core concepts that are critical to understanding and engaging in work with any community change process
  • presenting diverse ways that coalitions--an ever-expanding arena in community practice--are formed and maintained
  • combining a focus on issues of leadership development and the use of creative processes to promote engagement in leadership development
  • providing up-to-date exemplars of community practice that embody central practice approaches

    Community Practice: Models in Action is a companion to the recently published Community Practice: Conceptual Models, which presents the theory behind the models. Together, these books provide the only up-to-date exploration of theory, knowledge, and research necessary to give students an understanding of conceptual models and theories and the emerging ways that these models play out in current practice. Community Practice: Models in Action is for practitioners, faculty, and students in the fields of social work, city and regional planning, and community-oriented public health.


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About the author (1997)

Marie Weil is Berg-Beach Professor of Community Practice and former Associate Dean at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill School of Social Work, where she teaches community practice, policy practice and theory for social work intervention. She has led state-wide research and community-based planning and implementation initiatives in family support and family preservation and for adolescent family life programs, as well as consulting and conducting program evaluations for small nonprofits. Previously, she taught at the University of Southern California. She is the author or coauthor of thirteen books primarily focused on community practice; the author or coauthor of over thirty chapters related to community practice, feminist practice, and empowerment practice and service development for families and children; and more than 42 articles and monographs. She began her career working in community development in settlement houses in Philadelphia. She has served as Deputy Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity of Delaware and as Planning Director of the Wilmington Housing Authority. She is a founding member of the Association for Community Organization and Social Administration (ACOSA) and was the Founding Editor of the Journal of Community Practice, producing the first ten volumes. She is a recipient of ACOSA s Career Achievement Award.

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