Community Practice Theories and Skills for Social Workers

ISBN-10: 0195398874

ISBN-13: 9780195398878

Edition: 3rd 2011

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Description: For almost two decades, Community Practice has been a definitive text for social workers, community practitioners, and students eager to help individuals contribute to and use community resources or work to change oppressive community structures. In this third edition, a wealth of new charts and cases spotlight the linkages between theoretical orientations and practical skills, with an enhanced emphasis on the inherently political nature of social work and community practice. Boxes, examples, and exercises illustrate the range of skills and strategies available to savvy community practitioners in the 21st century, including networking, marketing and staging, political advocacy, and leveraging information and communication technologies. Other features include: - New material on community practice ethics, critical practice skills, community assessment and assets inventory and mapping, social problem analysis, and applying community practice skills to casework practice - Consideration of post-9/11 community challenges - Discussion on the changing ethnic composition of America and what this means for practitioners - An exploration of a vastly changed political landscape following the election of President Obama, the Great Recession, the rise of the Tea Party, and the increasing political and corporate use of pseudo-grassroots endeavors - A completely revamped instructor's manual available online at www.oup.com/us/companion.websites/communitypractice This fully revised classic text provides a comprehensive and integrated overview of the community theory and skills fundamental to all areas of social work practice. Broad in scope and intensive in analysis, it is suitable for undergraduate as well as graduate study. Community Practice offers students and practitioners the tools necessary to promote the welfare of individuals and communities by tapping into the ecological foundations of community and social work practice.

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List price: $48.99
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/10/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 464
Size: 7.25" wide x 10.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.694
Language: English

Charles A. Stansfield Jr. lives in Pitman, New Jersey, and was professor of geography at Rowan University for 41 years. He is the author of 11 books on the paranormal.

Community Practice: An Introduction
Community Practice
The Community in Social Work Practice
Community Practice Skills as Foundation for all Social Workers
The Social Work Problem-Solving Strategy
Ethics, Advocacy, and Community Practice
The Organization of This Book
Understanding the Social Environment and Social Interaction
Theory-Based, Model-Based Community Practice
A Conceptual Framework for Practice
Theories for Understanding Community Practice
Additional Frameworks
Traditional Models of Community Organization
The Nature of Social and Community Problems
Conceptualizing a Social-Community Problem
Getting a Social-Community Problem Addressed
Worldviews and Social Problems
Culture and Social Problems
The Concept of Community in Social Work Practice
Basic Community Concepts
The Changing U.S. Community
Perspectives for Practice
Community Functions
Conclusion
Community Practice Skills for Social Workers: Using the Social Environment
Assessment: Discovering and Documenting the Life of a Community
The Landscape of Our Lives
Assessment
Philosophies of Assessment
Forms of Community Assessment
Community Assessment Applications to Our Own Work
Community Reengagement: Hitting the Bricks
Conclusion: Unpretentious but Necessary Outings
Using Assessment in Community Practice
Assessment as a Basic Social Work Process
Assessment: Information-Gathering Methodologies
Integrating Methods to Suit Assessment Needs
Assertiveness: Using Self in Community Practice
Use of Self
Expansion of Self
Beliefs and Outcomes
Assertiveness: An Overview
The Boundaries of Assertion
Actors and Applications
Assertiveness and Class or Minority Status
Purposes and Benefits of Assertiveness in Social Work
Broader Conceptions of Assertiveness
The Context and the Setting for Assertive Behavior
Modes of Assertive Communication
Assertive Social Workers Needed: Summary
Appendix 7.1: Being Assertive: Learn Through Role-Playing
Using Your Agency
Attributes of Human Service Agencies
Perspectives on How Organizations Function: A Brief Review
Examining the Formal Structure and Operations
The Informal Structure: What is Not on the Organization Chart
A Paradigm of the Competitive Culture
Computer Resources and Uses and Virtual Agencies
The Virtual Agency
Working the System
Changing the Agency from Within
Using Work Groups: Committees, Teams, and Boards
A Case Example
Teams
Group Development and the Role of the Social Worker
Some Caveats on Groups
Effective Meetings
Dealing with Group Problems
Conclusion
Using Networks and Networking
What is a Network? What is Networking?
Why Networks and Networking?
Social Exchanges and Networks
Network Dimensions
Domain Consensus
Establishing and Maintaining Domains and Networks: The Practice Challenges and Tasks
Bargaining
Mediation and Arbitration
Establishing and Maintaining Domains
Virtual Networks and Networking
Clients and Social Support Networks
Using Marketing
Markets and Marketing
Marketing Challenges for the Social Services and the Social Work Profession
A Market Orientation for the Profession
Marketing and Community Practice
Strategic Marketing and Market Management
The Marketing Audit Guide
Using The Advocacy Spectrum
Making Change Happen
Social Action and Advocacy
Advocacy Spectrum: Spanning People and Policy
Public Interest, Political, and Cause Advocacy
Supporting the Spectrum: Job Descriptions and Advocacy Postures
Key Advocacy Skills
Appendix 12.1: Illustrative Exercises
Using Organizing: Acting in Concert
Community Organizing and Organizations
Community Building
Asset-Based Community Building
Using Community Assets
Focus, Focus
The Theme of Connecting
Community Social Casework
What is Community Social Casework?
Community Social Case Work Knowledge, Skill, and Tasks
Community Assessment and Patch Analysis
Ethnography
Community Social Casework Protocol
The Conception of the Community, the Social Resources, and the Task Environment
Effectiveness of Community Social Casework
Subject Index
Author Index
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