Social Work Practice with Communities: Intervention, Termination, and Evaluation
L IKE PRACTICE WITH INDIVIDUALS, FAMILIES, AND GROUPS , the second phase of social work practice with communities is engagement and assessment. Intervention, termination, and evaluation are the middle and ending phases of work with all client system levels. Community practice is a broad term that includes grassroots community organizing, community development, human service
program development, planning and coordination, and advocacy (Weil, Gamble, & Ohmer, 2013). There are many types of community interventions, all of which are based on the data gathered and process used for community assessment. The aim of community practice is to shape and create institutions and communities that respond to community needs. Community-level interventions, terminations, and evaluations are focused on the community level, but also impact individual, family, and group change. Focusing on the community as well as individuals, families and groups means that the social worker needs many skills to begin the intervention and facilitate the termination and evaluation processes.