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Building sustainable and well-functioning communities is one of the primary keys to the development of the modern society. There are various approaches to achieve this goal.

Professor Barbara Klimek, from Arizona State University’s School of Social Work will talk aobut "Community Development Model: Application for Developing Community Programs", in her guest lecutre at SWPS University in Warsaw. The lecture is a part of the series “The Challenges to the Humanities in the 21st Century”, organized by SWPS University Interdisciplinary Doctoral Studies Program.

Lecture open to the public – free admission.

Public Lecture

January
11 2017

Warsaw

Locality Development Model

Community development seeks to empower individuals and groups of people by providing them with the skills they need to effect change in their own neighborhoods. Building the sustainable and well-functioning communities is one of the primary keys to the development of the modern society. Environment stressors often create disconnect and inability for members of any given group to maintain the status of healthy and productive members of their community. Locality Development has been identified as a model of social innovation consistent with the objectives of community integration, empowerment, and sustainability.  In this model, the collaborative leadership is introduced as one of the best ways to lead and unite members of the community to progress and accomplish the community program goals, defined by its vision and mission.

The lecture introduces the concepts of the Locality Development model, its stages and basis for implementation, describes the collaborative leadership and how to implement strategies of this type for the benefit of the community development. The concepts of social work principles, related to person-in-environment, strength perspectives, and utilization of the case management are introduced as the primary core principles, which provide basis for the development of healthy communities and community programs. The case management approach allows practitioners and community leaders to facilitate community empowerment through relationship building and local resource mobilization.

The presentation explores the implications of community development approaches for building sustainable, healthy and productive establishments in modern society, as well as for social development practice. As an example of the macro practice, it demonstrates and highlights the empowerment or “energizing” of groups at risk through the promotion of social and economic justice.

Barbara Klimek - Arizona State University

Professor Barbara Klimek, PhD, MSW, is Clinical Associate Professor and MSW Coordinator in Arizona State University’s School of Social Work.

Her research interests include macro-economics, specifically related to demand and supply of qualified manpower into national economy, issues of cultural diversity, specifically refugees and immigrants, as well as international social work. Her research has supported the design and application of complex scientific econometric tools for the planning and forecasting of the educational system in Poland. 

She authored numerous academic publications, including a report entitled Case management manual: The application of social work principles, ethics, and the case management approach in service delivery to refugees (2011). 

The Interdisciplinary Doctoral Studies Program, at SWPS University, is proud to host many renowned scholars from around the world. The second lecture in the series will be delivered by Professor Barbara Klimek, a leading expert on economy and social work.

Associate Professor Izabela Grabowska, Ph.D., Head, Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program

The Challenges to the Humanities in the 21st Century

“The Challenges to the Humanities in the 21st Century” is a series of lectures by distinguished specialists, representing various disciplines from the field of humanities. The events are aimed at students of the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Studies at SWPS University, however all interested parties are welcome. The format includes post-lecture informal discussions, where doctoral students can debate the lecture topics with the invited experts. The friendly atmosphere is conducive to networking, which lends itself to opportunities of future internships at universities or research centers around the world.

Upcoming Lectures in the Series

January 20, 2017 at 17:00
„From research to practice: the impact of behavior change interventions in real world settings” by prof. Aleksandra Łuszczyńska, University of Colorado, SWPS University

Doctoral Studies at SWPS University

Doctoral Studies at SWPS University are directed to people interested in an academic career and also to those, who would like to continue their education and personal development in support of their career advancement. The interdisciplinary character of our programs allows students to participate in projects from various disciplines. Our doctoral students collaborate with scholars from the best research centers in Poland and around the world. The master-apprentice approach guarantees that each student receives individual attention and professional support.

Date and Location

January 11, 2017 at 18.00

SWPS University
Chodakowska 19/31, Lecture Hall Nr S306
Warsaw

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