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Promoting Community Change: Making It Happen in the Real World 6th Edition

Mark S. Homan

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Overview

Designed for students who want to actually become effective agents of change, PROMOTING COMMUNITY CHANGE, 6th Edition addresses the issues facing professionals in social work, human services, and community health. By focusing on the role a strengthened community can play in preventing and solving the problems commonly experienced by individuals and families, students have the tools they need to improve the lives of individual clients as well as entire communities. They learn to identify the issues related to change so that they can bring clients and community members together to build a healthier community. The author presents a development model that empowers communities to transform their own conditions.

Mark S. Homan, Retired, Pima Community College

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.
  • Activities at the end of each chapter help students connect theory to practice and connect the classroom to real-world experience in the students' communities.
  • Important trends and developments in the field, such as evidence-based practice and the use of technology in community practice, appear throughout the text.
  • Many real-world examples show students how to motivate and involve others and keep them involved in making important and necessary changes in the community.
  • Discussions of approaches to fundraising, obtaining resources, building an organized changed effort, planning for action, and lobbying help students learn how to be effective change agents.
  • Boxed features such as "Take a Moment to Discover," "Did You Know?" "Change Agent Tips," and "Capturing Concepts" promote the building of community capacity and the collaborative development of specific solutions for common community problems.
  • Current and relevant, the text reflects the needs and interests of today's students with extensive information on the value of cultural awareness and competence as well as illustrations that highlight basic concepts.
  • A three-part approach begins with a look at the need for community change, how community change activities relate to the change agent's professional and personal life, and a theoretical framework. Part 2 gives clear, practical guidance on how to go about the business of promoting change, presenting specific issues with which a successful change agent needs to be familiar. Part 3 offers more detailed insights into three common arenas of change, building on principles and techniques described in earlier chapters and introducing students to relevant knowledge and skills.
  • Coverage of recent global events gives students an international perspective on community change.

Promoting Community Change: Making It Happen in the Real World

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Preface.
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. People--The Most Valuable Resource.
7. Power.
8. Powerful Planning.
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 Health and Human Services Organizations.
15. Lobbying for Change.
References.
Index.

Cengage provides a range of supplements that are updated in coordination with the main title selection. For more information about these supplements, contact your Learning Consultant.

FOR INSTRUCTORS

Online Instructor's Manual

ISBN: 9781305586116
This detailed manual provides sample syllabi, course guidelines, in-class exercises, and chapter objectives to assist instructors in teaching the course.