Social Work Practice in Nontraditional Urban Settings

Paperback | August 1, 1998

byMelvin Delgado

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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 importanceof 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 culturalcenters. 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 thecommunity'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. Oftenthese 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, showingthat 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 inNontraditional Urban Settings is ideal for graduate courses in social work as well as for any course in human behavior and the social environment.

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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 importanceof developing models that are specific to u...

Melvin Delgado is at Boston University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 5.98 × 9.09 × 0.59 inPublished:August 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

SECTION 1. Setting the Context for Social Work Practice with Urban Non-Traditional Settings1. Introduction2. Urban Communities3. Caring and Helping4. Principles and StrategiesSECTION II. Non-Traditional Settings (Conceptual Foundation and Application)5. Non-Traditional Settings (Conceptual, Dimensional, and Services)6. Non-Traditional Settings (Literature and Case Illustrations)7. Framework for PracticeSECTION III. Application of Framework to Cases8. Identification and Assessment9. Mapping10. Engagement of Non-Traditional Settings11. Delivery of Services12. Evaluation13. Reflections on Collaborative PracticeEpilogueReferences