Synopses & Reviews
Learn the skills that will allow you to improve the lives of not only individual clients, but of entire communities, with PROMOTING COMMUNITY CHANGE. This text addresses the real world issues facing social work, human services, and community health professionals who want to take the theoretical discussion of community forward and realize tangible community changes. As you progress through the text, you'll learn to identify the issues related to change and discover exactly how you can become an effective agent of change. Author Mark Homan emphasizes the role a strengthened community can play in preventing and solving the problems that individuals and families commonly experience, and gives you the tools to organize empowering local actions brining clients, families, and other community members into an active role in building a healthier community for themselves, their families, and their neighbors.
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.
About the Author
Mark S. Homan has been a full-time faculty member in the Social Services department at Pima Community College since 1978, spending several of those years as department chair. He has also served on the faculty of several other Colleges and Universities. He received his M.S.W. from Arizona State University and is a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Arizona. He has served on the editorial boards of academic journals and publications. For over 30 years he has worked with diverse populations in urban, rural, and reservation communities on a broad range of issues. In addition to his roles as organizer, lobbyist, consultant, and teacher, Mark has developed and directed several human services programs. Mark is the recipient of numerous professional and teaching awards including Outstanding Field Faculty Award from Arizona State University Graduate School of Social Work, the President's Award from the National Organization for Human Service Education, the Outstanding Faculty Award from Pima Community College, and the Lenore McNeer Award from the National Organization for Human Service Education. He is author of another book for Brooks/Cole, RULES OF THE GAME: LESSONS FROM THE FIELD OF COMMUNITY CHANGE.
Table of Contents
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.