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date: 22 April 2021

Community: Practice Interventionslocked

  • Dorothy N. GambleDorothy N. GambleDorothy “Dee” Gamble received the 2012 Career Achievement Award by the Association of Community Organization and Social Administration (ACOSA). Her lifework has been dedicated to enhancing community and international practice in social work. She taught more than 30 years at the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill where her courses and writing focused on social justice, human rights, and advocacy at grassroots, city, state, national and international levels. With Dr. Marie Weil, she designed a framework of eight models of community practice specifying scope and purpose and roles taken by practitioners, which has been requested for publication in several venues and used in a variety of training and education programs. Her publications have advanced the practice literature in macropractice, field education, community development, curriculum development, and more recently international and sustainable development. Her former students are deans of social work, instructors and practitioners in all parts of world, and defenders of social justice and human rights. Her former clients and students have been her best teachers.
  •  and Marie WeilMarie WeilSchool of Social Work, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Major social changes resulting from globalization, the increase in multicultural societies, and growing concerns for human rights, especially for women and girls, will affect all community practice in this century. Community-practice processes—organizing, planning, sustainable development, and progressive social change—are challenged by these trends and the ethical dilemmas they pose. Eight distinct models of community-practice intervention are described with examples from around the globe. The values and ethics that ground community-practice interventions are drawn from international and national literature. Model applications are identified for work with groups, urban and rural communities, organizations and coalitions, and in advocacy and leadership for social justice and human rights.

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