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Baker, Peta-Anne; Shillingford, Aldene
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Department of Sociology, Psychology and Social Work
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Serving the community: Enhancing skills and capacity
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Bridging the Gap with the community
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September 11-14, 2003
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University of the West Indies, Mona
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Abstract
The dominant approaches to university community collaborations focus on either collaboration on research or service delivery. This paper presents a case example from the work of the Social Work Unit at the University of the West Indies to illustrate ways in which university community collaborations also represent a model of capacity building, which is particularly relevant to developing country situations. Describes how a community organization practicum was used to achieve multi-faceted capacity building goals: re-training a staff member from an agency, modelling participatory community intervention for agency leadership as well as supporting the emergence of a grassroots community organization in a rural community.The paper concludes by analysing the factors that help or hinder this type of collaboration.....
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