Community Practice: Theories and Skills for Social Workers

Paperback | February 22, 2011

byDavid A. Hardcastle, Patricia R. Powers, Stanley Wenocur

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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 chartsand 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 communitypractitioners 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/communitypracticeThis 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 offersstudents 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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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 chartsand cases spotlight the linkages between theo...

David A. Hardcastle, PhD, is Professor Emeritus of Social Work at University of Maryland. Patricia R. Powers, PhD, (retired) was formerly with the University of Maryland, Friends Committee on National Legislation, and AARP's Public Policy Institute. Stanley Wenocur, PhD, is Professor Emeritus of Social Work at University of Maryland.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 10 × 7 × 0.68 inPublished:February 22, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195398874

ISBN - 13:9780195398878

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Table of Contents

1. Community Practice: An IntroductionPart I: Understanding the Social Environment and Social Interaction2. Theory-Based, Model-Based Community Practice3. The Nature of Social and Community Problems4. The Concept of Community in Social Work PracticePart II: Community Practice Skills for Social Workers: Using the Social Environment5. Assessment: Discovering and Documenting the Life of a Community6. Assertiveness: Using Assessment in Community Practice7. Using Self in Community Practice: Assertiveness8. Using Your Agency9. Using Work Groups: Committees, Teams, and Boards10. Using Networks and Networking11. Using Marketing12. Using the Advocacy Spectrum13. Using Organizing: Acting in Concert14. Community Social Casework