Interpersonal Social Work Skills for Community Practice by Donna Hardina, PhD

Interpersonal Social Work Skills for Community Practice

byDonna Hardina, PhD

Kobo ebook | July 23, 2012

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"Specifically dedicated to the skills that social workers need to advance community practice, this creative book is long overdue. Grounded in the wisdom and evidence of well-honed interpersonal social work skills...Donna Hardina's new text takes community practice to a higher level than ever before developed in book form; indeed she displays the most thorough understanding of research on community practice that I have read in any community practice text."--Journal of Teaching in Social Work

Community organization has been a major component of social work practice since the late 19th century. It requires a diverse set of abilities, interpersonal skills being among the most important. This textbook describes the essential interpersonal skills that social workers need in community practice and helps students cultivate them. Drawing from empirical literature on community social work practice and the authorís own experience working with community organizers, the book focuses on developing the macro-level skills that are especially useful for community organizing. It covers relationship-building, interviewing, recruitment, community assessment, facilitating group decision-making and task planning, creating successful interventions, working with organizations, and program evaluation, along with examples of specific applications.

For clarity and ease of use, the author employs a framework drawn from a variety of community practice models, including social action and social planning, transformative/popular education and community development approaches, and multicultural and feminist approaches. The text is linked to the competencies outlined in the Council of Social Work Educationís (2008) Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS), as well as ethics and values identified in the National Association of Social Workersí (NASW) Code of Ethics, and the International Federation of Social Workersí statement of ethical principles. Most chapters begin with a quote from a community organizer explaining how interpersonal skills are used in practice, and student exercises conclude each chapter. The text also addresses other important skills such as legislative advocacy, lobbying, and supervision.

Key Features:

  • Describes the essential skills social workers need in community practice and how to acquire them
  • Includes examples of specific applications drawn from empirical literature and the authorís experience working with community organizers
  • Grounded in social justice, strengths-based, and human rights perspectives
  • Linked to competencies outlined in EPAS and values identified in the NASW Code of Ethics
  • Based on a variety of community practice models
Title:Interpersonal Social Work Skills for Community PracticeFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:July 23, 2012Publisher:Springer Publishing CompanyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0826108121

ISBN - 13:9780826108128

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