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Careful examination of the literature of community practice shows that existing community practice models do not ad- equately respond to the unique and changing needs of vari- ous communities. This article provides an alternative model that challenges the existing models. Based on extensive content analysis of the literature and practice knowledge, this alterna- tive model offers sufficient flexibility to adapt to any particular community. The model is also participatory, process-oriented, and reflective. Herein we first review existing models, provide criteria for assessing their applicability, then introduce the new model, and subsequently discuss its applicability and merit.


Boehm, A. & Cnaan, R. A. (2012). Towards a Practice-based Model for Community Practice: Linking Theory and Practice. Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare, 39(1), 141-168. Journal homepage:


community practice models, participatory, process- oriented, reflective, community practice



Date Posted: 03 July 2013

This document has been peer reviewed.