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What are the 5 styles of conflict management?

I find the five styles of conflict management a useful, easy-to-understand way of thinking about different approaches to ways of responding to conflict: These five styles, identified by Kenneth Thomas in 1971 [1] and since refined by him and his … Continue reading

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What is praxis?

Recently I was attacked for being “out of touch with the real world” with the person going on to say that “many academics have a profound inability to communicate with the less ‘enlightened.’” It seems to me that the attack … Continue reading

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What is collective impact?

Collective impact is a multi-sector/multi-agency, collaborative leadership approach to large scale social change in communities that is usually place based (i.e., it is focused on a particular town, neighbourhood or community). Continue reading

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4 types of power: What are power over; power with; power to and power within?

When I first started as a youth worker in 1991, I was working in a medium-term accommodation unit for young people who were homeless. I really struggled with being in a position of authority having just graduated from a welfare … Continue reading

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An introduction to community engagement

[Updated 5 December 2017] As a Butteriss 1 highlights, community engagement means different things to different people and there is no widdepely accepted definition of community engagement. It might help to think about community engagement in three broad contexts: Community … Continue reading

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What are program logic models?

[Updated 13 July 2017 to add a new resource.] Program logic models are like “road maps” which show how your initiative will work and why you believe that if you do certain things, you will get the results you are … Continue reading

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What are authoritarian, permissive, uninvolved and authoritative parenting styles?

Not surprisingly, our parenting style has a major impact on our children. Based on the work of Baumrind [1, 2] and Maccoby and Martin [3] we often talk about four broad styles: authoritarian, permissive, uninvolved and authoritative. These four parenting … Continue reading

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What is terrorism?

Terrorism is very high in the public’s consciousness and is frequently in the news. As a term, however, its usage is quite inconsistent and highly political, with it generally being used to describe violence we condemn, find immoral or believe … Continue reading

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Some definitions of family

Everybody knows what a family is, but trying to find a widely accepted definition is actually very hard. I’ve been looking at how various writers define families and the following are some examples. I’m not going to comment on them … Continue reading

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What are complex problems?

[Updated 23 February 2018] Working with families and communities is a very different process to solving a maths problem, diagnosing and treating a medical issue, designing and building a bridge, or testing a new medicine. In family and community work … Continue reading

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