Reinventing Human Services / Edition 1

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Dissatisfaction with a human services system that is unresponsive, stigmatizing, and ineffective has led to a ferment of experimentation in recent years. Reinventing Human Services examines the historical and economic context of current efforts to reinvent human services, showing the urgency and the difficulty of the task. It draws on successful examples in Britain, Canada, and the United States to develop a new paradigm for social work practice, one that integrates individual, family, and community levels of practice and reconceptualizes professional-community relations. The interdisciplinary team of authors includes scholars, researchers, and practitioners from the disciplines of economics, urban planning, communications, criminal justice, psychology, marriage and family therapy, education, and social work.

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“Originating in a faculty research seminar, essays in this collection focus on the need to reconceptualize human services as family and community centered. Rather than treating individual pathology, this orientation emphasizes empowerment and client strengths using family and community interactions. Despite differences in the level of abstraction and writing style, all contributors share a community- and family-centered conceptualization of human services… Their prescription is based on sound theory and many successful demonstration projects. For all social work or human service collections.” —M. E. Elwell, Choice
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780202360980
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/1995
  • Series: Modern Applications of Social Work Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Neighborhood-Based Services in Low-Income Neighborhoods: A Brief History 19
2 The Economic Context of Community-Centered Practice: Markets, Communities, and Social Policy 41
3 Integrating Community and Individual Practice: A New Paradigm for Practice 59
4 Working with Families and Communities: The Patch Approach 87
5 Family-Centered Social Services: Moving Toward System Change 109
6 Self-Employment Training and Family Development: An Integrated Strategy for Family Empowerment 127
7 School-Based Comprehensive Services: An Example of Interagency Collaboration 145
8 Linking Schools with Family- and Community-Centered Services 163
9 Community Policing: The Police as a Community Resource 175
10 Young People As Community Resources: New Forms of Participation 189
11 Understanding and Constructing Community: A Communication Approach 207
12 Professional Understandings of Community: At a Loss for Words? 223
13 Expanding the Focus of Intervention: The Importance of Family/Community Relations 245
14 Strengthening Partnerships between Families and Service Providers 261
Biographical Sketches of the Contributors 279
Index 283
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