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Interpersonal Social Work Skills for Community Practice
Author: Donna Hardina

ISBN: 9780826108111
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 220
Published: 23 July 2012
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.35 x 14.99 x 3.05

Community organization has been a major component of social work practice dating back to the late 19th century. It requires a diverse set of skills, many of which are not readily accessible to social work students. This textbook describes the essential skills that social workers need in community practice and helps students to acquire them. These skills include relationship-building, interviewing, recruitment, community assessment, facilitating group decision-making and task planning; creating successful interventions, working with organizations, and program evaluation. The text also addresses other important skills such as legislative advocacy, lobbying, and supervision. ;

The author discusses the interpersonal skills needed for successful community practice and links these skills explicitly to curriculum models used to teach generalist social work practice. Drawing from the empirical literature on community practice and the author's own experience with community organizers, the book also includes examples of specific applications of these skills. The text is linked to the competences outlined in the Council of Social Work Education's (20...

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