This book describes an advanced generalist approach to direct social work practice with individuals, couples, families, and groups. Intervention paradigms that include psychodynamic, cognitive/behavioral/communications, experiential/humanistic, existential and transpersonal are presented as the four sources of social work.
Chapter 15: Local and Global Community Paradigm
Local and Global Community Paradigm
Focus. The focus is on the co-creation by clients and social workers of local and global communities of diversity that support the welfare and development of all members, as well as the welfare of the natural local ecosystem. Clients are encouraged to be more response-able stewards of their communities, which means that they participate in the improvement (or creation) of their local community and ecosystem and, by doing so, enhance their own welfare and development. Clients also become more connected with their environment, which, of course, includes the entire universe.
Thus, all community-level interventions have the twin interrelated goals of individual and collective good: Clients who reconnect with and foster their communities directly benefit from their ...