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"The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it."   Chinese Proverb.

Course Pack:  Practice III & Generalist Macro Practice

Library link to e-journal for readings on the syllabus


Assignments and related materials

  1. How to access online library reserve

  2. Assignment:  Paper comparing a micro & macro approach to practice

  3. Grading checklist:  paper comparing micro & Macro approaches

  4. Assignment:  Community assessment and intervention planning

  5. Checklist for evaluating a community assessment -- intervention plan

  6. Extra credit assignment

  7. Sample meeting notice, agenda, and minutes

Introduction and course overview 

  1. Glossary of community and administrative practice terms

  2. Macro practice reading list

Historical development of macro practice

  1. Example of assessment and intervention plan (example of final paper)

  2. Human Services

  3. Working in an online task group

  4. Net etiquette or netiquette for participating in a mailing list

Generalist macro practice, change process, macro practice roles, levels of intervention

  1. The planned change process:  community perspective

  2. Change: individual perspective

  3. Brainstorming

  4. Nominal group technique

  5. Who is the client

Generalist macro practice theories, values, and perspectives

  1. Systems theory

  2. How diverse is the world

  3. Win/WinActivities during a first meeting of a committee or task group

  4. Checklist to give feedback to a committee chair

  5. Checklist to evaluate committee functioning

The community as client

  1. Community practice briefly summarized

  2. Community well functioning

Identifying social conditions as problems and/or opportunities

  1. Building on community capacities

  2. Continuum of care or comprehensive approach to community assessment

  3. Neighborhood Organizational Handbook--City of Arlington

  4. Neighborhood Action Planning Handbook--City of Arlington

Assessing social conditions and communities

  1. Process for ranking needs, objectives, etc.  

  2. http://www.northwestern.edu/ipr/publications/community/introd-building.html

  3. Community Maps

  4. United Way of Dallas Assessment  

  5. Tarrant United Way Community Assessment

Intervening in social conditions: action, development, and planning approaches

  1. Mizrahi reading http://guthrie.hunter.cuny.edu/socwork/ecco/bpfo.htm

  2. Comparing approaches to social work practice

  3. Planning approach to intervening in social conditions of concern

    1. Web site example of a planning approach to intervening in a social condition of concern

  4. Community development approach to intervening in social conditions of concern

    1. Web site example of a development approach to intervening in a social condition of concern

  5. Community action approach to intervening in social conditions of concern

    1. Web site example of an action approach to intervening in a social condition of concern

The organization as client

  1. Human service vs. production organizations

Administrative practice overview

  1. Organizational charts

Assessing organizations

  1. Overview of evaluation activities and types

  2. Writing goals and objectives

  3. Exercise on developing ideas into program goals and objectives

  4. Logic Models

  5. Organizational assessment at the United Way of Dallas

  6. Organizational assessment applied to a child welfare setting


  1. Supervision checklist

  2. Handling workplace stress:  Individual perspective

Leading in organizations and communities

Societal and political practice

Integration synthesis, issues, ethics, course review

  1. Thoughts on developing a CAP personal framework

"Just as important as knowing what kind of problem the client has is knowing what kind of client has the problem."