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Nontraditional Settings: Conceptual, Dimensional, and Services

Melvin Delgado

in Social Work Practice in Nontraditional Urban Settings

Published in print March 1999 | ISBN: 9780195112481
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199865826 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195112481.003.0005
 Nontraditional Settings: Conceptual, Dimensional, and Services

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This chapter presents a theoretical foundation from which to understand better the importance of nontraditional settings in community life. It begins with a discussion of the following concepts: social embeddedness, urban sanctuaries, free space, and social and natural support systems. Help-seeking patterns, types of services provided by nontraditional settings, the translation of theory into practice, and principles for collaborative practice are then considered. The four general approaches to identifying, assessing, mapping, engaging and collaborating with nontraditional settings; and staffing and organizational factors are discussed.

Keywords: social work practice; social embeddedness; urban sanctuaries; free space; social support; collaboration

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