Community Intervention

This assignment involves writing a 6-8 page paper that proposes a community intervention to a significant LOCAL community problem. This paper should reflect the content from all applicable assigned readings. The paper must be correctly referenced using American Psychological Association (APA) 6th edition guidelines. Special attention should be given to the correct style of referencing. Papers need to be original, typed, with fresh writing, clear thinking, and lucid analyses.

Please note that this is a graduate level course and the expectations are considerably higher than those at an undergraduate level. This research paper is intended to demonstrate your ability to apply a macro-level model of intervention to a real-life problem situation. The paper should be written in a formal, scholarly format.

In addition to reflected problem analysis, planned intervention and proposed change efforts, consider issues related to economics, social policies, political influences, and involvement of various levels of systems (individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities). Papers will be graded on quality of analysis, creativity, incorporation of theories and knowledge, and quality of writing.

Your selected problem should target one specific community or regional area and the content related to community assessment and resources should be specific to that community.

Presentation – you will be expected to present your identified problem, assessment data, and proposed solution to a body of LOCAL POLICY DECISION-MAKERS (such as city council, county commissioners, local school board, Council of Governments, public hearing on a particular issue, etc.). All communities have decision-making bodies that are open to public comment and input. However, you will need to find out the parameters of such input AHEAD OF TIME. Sometimes there is a time limit and advance request for permission to speak. Failure to present before an appropriate group will result in point deductions.

Use the supplemental information provided in the Models of Community Intervention handout (see Doc Sharing ) and the following outline to organize your paper. Be sure and go back to readings in your text for your proposed intervention.

Just like working with an individual or family, you will first identify the problem. Next you will identify what goals you’d like to achieve to address the problem. Then you identify various players that are involved and what change strategies you will employ (change tactics). Use Figure 18.1 (Community Intervention Models) on p. 283 of the handout as an overall guide.

You will pick a COMMUNITY PROBLEM that involves EITHER local level organizations, social issue organizations, or social planning/coordination organizations (one of the 3 columns on p. 283 of handout). Address each area of the outline below as it relates to your selected approach or model ie., local, social issue, or service planning/coordination)

Your paper will start with a PROBLEM (read p. 287 of handout) not a PROGRAM. Use information you learned about problems (ch. 3 from your text) and intervention (Ch. 5, 12 & 13) to help you.