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Albert Ellis Institute

The Albert Ellis Institute is a world center of research, training, and practice of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT). REBT is an action-oriented therapeutic approach that stimulates emotional growth by teaching people to replace their self-defeating thoughts, feelings and actions with new and more effective ones.

America’s Promise: The Alliance for Youth

This site offers suggestions and guidance in accordance with their mission: “To mobilize people from every sector of American life to build the character and competence of our nation’s youth by fulfilling Five Promises for young people: caring adults, safe places, healthy start, marketable skills, and opportunities to serve.

Appreciative Inquiry Commons

This site serves to connect and expand elements of Appreciative Inquiry: “the art and practice of asking questions that strengthen a system’s capacity to apprehend, anticipate, and heighten positive potential.”

Asset Based Community Development Institute

The Asset-Based Community Development Institute (ABCD), at Northwestern University’s Institute for Policy Research is based on community development research by Kretzmann and McKnight. This site reflects its mission to distribute its findings on capacity-building community development in two ways: (1) through extensive and substantial interactions with community builders, and (2) by producing practical resources and tools for community builders to identify, nurture, and mobilize neighborhood assets.

Best Practice Briefs, University Outreach, MSU

This site contains past and current BEST PRACTICE BRIEFS, a monthly publication of Outreach Partnerships @ Michigan State University that connects university resources to the community. Each issue is comprised of concise articles aimed at presenting state-of-the-art knowledge about human services in four areas: Basic Concepts, Tools, Processes, and Models of Best Practice.

St. Vincent Catholic Charities

For over 50 years, St. Vincent Catholic Charities has provided help and created hope for people of all ages and faiths of the greater Lansing community. Fifteen different programs provide a comprehensive range of services to people of all ages -- from the very young to the very old -- in a variety of settings. Their mission is to promote and enhance the quality and dignity of life by providing professional, compassionate services to individuals and families in need of emotional, physical and spiritual support. A description of their programs is included in the site.

The Chaos Thinksite

This site serves as a forum for provocative dialogue, collaborative exploration, and the generation of knowledge and know-how to advance organizational design and transformation based on Chaos Theory.

Character Counts!

CHARACTER COUNTS! is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, nonsectarian coalition of schools, communities and nonprofit organizations working to advance character education by teaching the Six Pillars of Character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.

Community Toolbox

The mission of this site is to promote community health and development by connecting people, ideas and resources. It was created and is maintained by the University of Kansas Work Group on Health Promotion and Community Development in Lawrence, Kansas, and AHEC/Community Partners in Amherst, Massachusetts. The core of the site is how-to sections on topics such as leadership, strategic planning, community assessment, advocacy, grant writing, and evaluation. Each section includes a description of the task, advantages of doing it, step-by-step guidelines, examples, checklists of points to review, and training materials.

Institute for Public Policy & Social Research

The Institute for Public Policy and Social Research (IPPSR) is the nonpartisan public policy network at Michigan State University. Its staff is dedicated to connecting legislators, scholars, and practitioners through applied research, lively policy forums, and political leadership instruction.

Integral Age

The integral view is an emergent structure or modality of thinking and being in the world. This site provides introductions to the latest theories, practices, and cultural intimations of Integral consciousness — including articles, reviews, and interviews from leading exponents of this emerging worldview.

Integral Institute

The Integral Institute, founded by Ken Wilber, is dedicated to the proposition that partial and piecemeal approaches to complex problems are ineffective. Whether addressing individual and personal issues of meaning and transformation, or increasingly complex social problems such as war, hunger, disease, over-population, housing, ecology, and education, partial and fragmented approaches need to be replaced by solutions that are more comprehensive, systematic, encompassing — and integral.

The four main goals of this site are to 1) integrate the largest amount of research from the largest number of disciplines, 2) develop practical products and services from this research, 3) apply this integrated knowledge and method of problem solving to critical and urgent issues, and 4) create the world’s first Integral Learning Community.

Ken Wilber, Basic Concepts

This site is a description of the basic concepts that Wilber’s work and theory is based on.

Life Skills (Hendricks-Iowa)

This site was developed to assist Washington State University Cooperative Extension Family Living and 4-H Youth Development faculty and staff to evaluate their programs that teach life skills. This evaluation system was created to measure growth in specific life skills as a result of individuals' participation in a program. The information gathered will tell you 1) if the program was effective in meeting its life skill objective and 2) provide concrete evidence to stakeholders concerning program effects.

John L. McKnight, Biographical Information

For nearly three decades, John McKnight has conducted research on social service delivery systems, health policy, community organizations, neighborhood policy, and institutional racism.

Resilient Communities Archive

This site is a storehouse for the resources developed and offered as part of the Resilient Communities initiative that helped people discover their own capacities for resilience. It is a combination of live-satellite video conferencing, simultaneous audio streaming on the web, articles and links to other resources delivered on the web, and locally organized community-based discussion circles.

The Search Institute

Search Institute is an independent, nonprofit, nonsectarian organization whose mission is to advance the well-being of adolescents and children by generating knowledge and promoting its application. To accomplish this mission, the institute generates, synthesizes, and communicates new knowledge, convenes organizational and community leaders, and works with state and national organizations. At the heart of the institute’s work is the framework of 40 developmental assets, which are positive experiences, relationships, opportunities, and personal qualities that young people need to grow up healthy, caring, and responsible.

Spiral Dynamics

This site continues and expands the work of Dr. Clare W. Graves for positive change in social systems, business management, the evolution of thinking, and real-world applications of Value Systems and Levels of Existence theory. Spiral Dynamics reveals the hidden codes that shape human nature, create global diversities, and drive organizational change.

United Way of Genesee County

The United Way of Genesee County is a local, nonprofit, fundraising, charitable organization dedicated to helping those in need. They provide funding for 200 health and human service programs and more than 41 agencies in their mission of “Uniting People, Developing Resources, Meeting Community Needs.” This site provides a preview of their most current activities and describes their Targeted Initiative Partnership (TIPS) and Special Collaborative Projects.

World of Ken Wilber

This site provides a multitude of information about Ken Wilber, founder of the Integral Institute. Material includes a biographical sketch, book summaries and reviews, and information about Integral Philosophy, to name a few. A section of Applications and Examples is also provided as well as one entitled “Interactive Stuff.”

World Wide Web Resources for Social Workers

This site was created to facilitate social workers' access to information available on the WWW. The mission of this site has always been to help social workers throughout the world obtain the WWW based information they need.