Promoting Community Change: Making it Happen in the Real World (SW 381T Dynamics of Organizations and Communities)

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Designed for students who want to take the theoretical discussion of community forward and become effective agents of change, PROMOTING COMMUNITY CHANGE, Fifth Edition addresses the real world issues facing professionals in social work, human services, and community health. By emphasizing the role a strengthened community can play in preventing and solving the problems that individuals and families commonly experience, the author gives students the tools they need to improve the lives of not just individual clients, but of entire communities. Students will learn to identify the issues related to change so that they can bring clients, families, and other community members together in order to build a healthier community for themselves, their families, and their neighbors.

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Now retired, Mark S. Homan served as Chair of the Social Services Department at Pima Community College, where he taught for over 30 years. In addition to these duties, Mark has served as adjunct faculty and guest lecturer for colleges, universities, and training consortia in the United States, Russia, and Sweden. A strong advocate of community empowerment, Mark has worked with diverse populations in urban, rural, and reservation communities on a broad range of issues and has developed and directed several human services programs. He is the past Chair of the international Association for Community Organization and Social Administration (ACOSA), a founding member of community organizations and agencies, and has served in executive leadership roles on numerous community boards and councils. He has conducted workshops and delivered presentations on various aspects of community building and community power. The recipient of numerous awards for teaching excellence and for work with communities, Mark is also the author of RULES OF THE GAME: LESSONS FROM THE FIELD OF COMMUNITY CHANGE, which is used both as a textbook and as a practical guide for community change agents.

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PART I. RESPONDING TO THE NEED FOR COMMUNITY CHANGE. 1. Understanding the Challenge to Change. 2. Theoretical Frameworks for Community Change. 3. Relating Community Change to Professional Practice. 4. Putting Yourself in the Picture. PART II. PUTTING THE PIECES TOGETHER. 5. Knowing Your Community. 6. Power. 7. Powerful Planning. 8. People-The Most Valuable Resource. 9. Raising Other Resources. 10. Getting the Word Out. 11. Building the Organized Effort. 12. Taking Action-Strategies and Tactics. PART III. A CLOSER LOOK AT TYPICAL CHANGE CONTEXTS. 13. Enhancing the Quality of Neighborhoods. 14. Increasing the Effectiveness of Established, Formal Organizations. 15. Lobbying for Change.

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