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

Community Social Work Practice in an Urban Context

The Potential of a Capacity-Enhancement Perspective

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Published: 1st August 1999
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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 Work Practice 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 urban communities 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 unifying communities 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 fresh approach 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.

"The most useful and practical text I've seen on how to conduct an assessment of a community using an assets approach."--Mary B. Rauktis, University of Pittsburgh "Excellent application of strengths and asset perspectives to community practice. Conceptually sound and filled with useful examples for students and practitioners."--John Michael Daley, Arizona State University "A very fine and forward-looking text."--Leon Ginsberg, University of South Carolina "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 "The most useful and practical text I've seen on how to conduct an assessment of a community using an assets approach."--Mary B. Rauktis, University of Pittsburgh "Excellent application of strengths and asset perspectives to community practice. Conceptually sound and filled with useful examples for students and practitioners."--John Michael Daley, Arizona State University "A very fine and forward-looking text."--Leon Ginsberg, University of South Carolina "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

Section I -- Setting the Context Chapter 1: Introduction Chapter 2: Setting the Context for Urban Community Social Work Practice in Cities Chatper 3: A Foundation for Urban Community Capacity Enhancement Practice Chapter 4: Framework for Community Capacity Enhancement Practice Chapter 5: Guiding Principles for Community Capacity Enhancement Practice Section II -- Murals, Gardens, Playgrounds, and Sculptures Chapter 6: Four Types of Community Enhancement Projects Chatper 7: Analysis of Common and Unique Development Tasks Section III: Application of Framework to Practice Chapter 8: Application of Framework to Practice: Assessment Phase Chapter 9: Application of Framework to Practice: Mapping Phase Chatper 10: Application of Framework to Practice; Engagement Phase Chapter 11: Application of Framework to Practice: Intervention Phase Chapter 12: Application of Framework to Practice: Evaluation Phase Chapter 13: Reflections on Practice References Appendix

ISBN: 9780195125474
ISBN-10: 0195125479
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st August 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.27 x 15.39  x 1.32
Weight (kg): 0.4