Community Social Work Practice in an Urban Context: The Potential of a Capacity-Enhancement…

Paperback | August 15, 1999

byMelvin Delgado

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The future of social work rests on how well it can address urban issues, particularly the needs of urban communities of color. Yet too many texts either focus exclusively on the problems these communities face or simply ignore their unique characteristics all together. Community Social WorkPractice in an Urban Context aims to teach graduate students in social work how to create positive community environments in marginalized urban-based communities. Melvin Delgado's innovative and creative approach to urban social work practice shows students how to focus on the assets urbancommunities already have. Specifically, he suggests a capacity enhancement modelapproaching the adults and children of these communities through the arts and other positive community projects, such as community gardens, playgrounds, and murals. This model offers tremendous potential for unifyingcommunities that consist of groups from very different cultural backgrounds. Social workers are in unique positions to use this model based upon their familiarity with communities and their exposure to issues related to oppression. This model also provides them with the opportunity to identify,engage, and plan services with communities. In turn, these projects are based upon a community's strengths and represent an effort to develop a community's capacity to help itself with assistance from professionals. Graduate students specializing in urban-focused social work will find this a freshapproach to a timely issue, particularly in community and macro practice courses. It not only shows students new and more positive ways to approach their urban clients, but it also provides them with a better way to address communities as a whole.

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The future of social work rests on how well it can address urban issues, particularly the needs of urban communities of color. Yet too many texts either focus exclusively on the problems these communities face or simply ignore their unique characteristics all together. Community Social WorkPractice in an Urban Context aims to teach gra...

Melvin Delgado is at Boston University School of Social Work.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:August 15, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195125479

ISBN - 13:9780195125474

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Table of Contents

Section I -- Setting the ContextChapter 1. IntroductionChapter 2. Setting the Context for Urban Community Social Work Practice in CitiesChatper 3. A Foundation for Urban Community Capacity Enhancement PracticeChapter 4. Framework for Community Capacity Enhancement PracticeChapter 5. Guiding Principles for Community Capacity Enhancement PracticeSection II -- Murals, Gardens, Playgrounds, and SculpturesChapter 6. Four Types of Community Enhancement ProjectsChatper 7. Analysis of Common and Unique Development TasksSection III: Application of Framework to PracticeChapter 8. Application of Framework to Practice: Assessment PhaseChapter 9. Application of Framework to Practice: Mapping PhaseChatper 10. Application of Framework to Practice; Engagement PhaseChapter 11. Application of Framework to Practice: Intervention PhaseChapter 12. Application of Framework to Practice: Evaluation PhaseChapter 13. Reflections on PracticeReferencesAppendix

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"The author does an excellent job of describing the significance and implementation of 'four types of urban-capacity-enhancement projects,' and of clarifying the potential for social workers to contribute to these efforts."--Ann Rosegrant Alvarez, Wayne State University