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Overview

As a philosophy and method of practice, empowerment provides a way to rethink one's approach to social work practice. This book provides specific examples of how empowerment practice is conducted in the field and gives social workers tools for incorporating empowerment in their own practice. In addition to Gutierrez, Parsons, and Cox, 13 authors contribute writings that demonstrate how empowerment practice can be used in different settings and with different populations.

Lorraine Gutierrez, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Dr. Lorraine Gutierrez received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. She is an Associate Professor of Social Work in the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Ruth Parsons, University of Denver

Dr. Ruth Parsons received her Ph.D. from the University of Denver. She is Professor at the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver.

Enid O. Cox, University of Denver

Enid O. Cox received her D.S.W. from Columbia University. She is Professor of Social Work and Director of the Institute of Gerontology at the University of Denver.
Preface.
PART 1: AN INTRODUCTION TO EMPOWERMENT PRACTICE.
1. A Model for Empowerment Practice.
PART 2: EMPOWERMENT IN PRACTICE: POPULATIONS.
2. Empowerment of Women. 3. Empowering Poor Communities of Color: A Self-Help Model. 4. Empowerment Practice with Lesbians and Gays. 5. Empowering People with Disabilities.
PART 3: EMPOWERMENT IN PRACTICE: FOCUSING ON FIELDS.
6. Empowerment in Mental Health Programs: Listening to the Voices. 7. Empowerment Practice with Homeless People or Families. 8. Empowerment of Youth. 9. Empowering Families.
PART 4: SPECIAL ISSUES IN EMPOWERMENT PRACTICE.
10. Social Service Delivery and Empowerment: The Administrator's Role. 11. Research as an Empowerment Strategy. 12. Evaluation of Empowerment Practice. 13. Creating Opportunities for Empowerment-oriented Programs.
Index.

"...an important contribution to the literature on empowerment..."

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