Social Work Practice in Nontraditional Urban Settings

ISBN-10: 0195112482
ISBN-13: 9780195112481
Edition: 1999
Authors: Melvin Delgado
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Book details

List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/1/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

In an era of diminishing resources, communities that have historically been served by professionals in established social service settings can no longer rely on outside resources and assistance to meet their needs. Social Work Practice in Nontraditional Urban Settings focuses on the importance of developing models that are specific to urban areas, models which help facilitate and promote conversation and advice and reduce the stigma for those seeking assistance. Delgado suggests that communities can best be served through their own, already-established recreational, social, and cultural centers. He shows professional social workers how they can use these nontraditional settings -- beauty shops, bars, and grocery stores -- to reach out to the communities they are trying to help. This allows social work service to be based on the community's own strengths, while developing the community's capacity to help itself with assistance from professionals. These institutions play influential and very active roles in providing assistance to community residents in need, offering social workers the unique opportunity to identify, engage, and plan services with communities. Often these centers are staffed by people that have a similar ethnic, socio-economic, and racial background to the rest of the community, thereby maximizing their psychological, geographical, and cultural accessibility to the community. Delgado offers a dramatic paradigm shift for social workers, showing that service delivery can take place in any setting, formal or informal. He integrates a multicultural perspective which highlights and identifies a variety of innovative methods, stressing that there is no one way of providing assistance to a community in need. Social Work Practice in Nontraditional Urban Settings is ideal for graduate courses in social work as well as for any course in human behavior and the social environment.

Melvin Delgado is professor of social work and chair of the macropractice at Boston University. His previous books include Community Social Work Practice in the Urban Context, Social Work Practice in Nontraditional Settings, Alcohol Use/Abuse Among Latinos, Social Services in Latino Communities, and Latino Elders in the Twenty-first Century.

Setting the Context for Social Work Practice with Urban Non-Traditional Settings
Introduction
Urban Communities
Caring and Helping
Principles and Strategies
Non-Traditional Settings (Conceptual Foundation and Application)
Non-Traditional Settings (Conceptual, Dimensional, and Services)
Non-Traditional Settings (Literature and Case Illustrations)
Framework for Practice
Application of Framework to Cases
Identification and Assessment
Mapping
Engagement of Non-Traditional Settings
Delivery of Services
Evaluation
Reflections on Collaborative Practice
Epilogue
References

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