Social Work with Groups

Social Work with Groups

Social Work with Groups

Social Work with Groups

Synopsis

When should someone not be admitted to a group? How can a reluctant child be persuaded to participate in a group? What is the best way to deal with issues of low self-esteem? Part of the enduring appeal of this classic work is its vivid depiction of actual group work and the challenges that arise. Opening with an instructive survey of the roots and development of group social work -- from the first YMCA to the establishment of the NASW -- Northen and Kurland contribute to the integration of theory and research that forms the basis of group social work practice. Using an ecosystem approach, they set forth a generic framework for practice with diverse groups, establishing a common core of values, knowledge, purposes, and interventions that can be applied to different populations and situations. With clear step-by-step guidance, this book covers the major issues as well as the ethical challenges that working with groups entails. This fully revised and updated edition includes seven new chapters that reflect the most recent developments in group practice.

Excerpt

Social work practice with groups is a positive and optimistic way of working with people that draws out and affirms the very best in them. In fact, the very act of forming a group is a statement of belief in people's strengths and in the fact that each person has something to offer and to contribute to the lives of others. Effective group work, in which people interact personally to support and challenge one another as they consider, understand, appreciate, respect, and build upon each other's experiences, situations, problems, dilemmas, and points of view, is needed today more than ever in our increasingly depersonalized world. But effective group work requires a considerable body of ethical principles, knowledge, and professional skill. This new edition of Social Work with Groups aims to address the complex requirements of effective group work practice by setting forth a comprehensive framework that can be applied differentially to diverse populations and situations.

The second edition of Social Work with Groups continues to be used widely by students, faculty, and practitioners. Its theoretical base and applications to practice have stood the test of time. Yet practice has accelerated rapidly in the last dozen years, as has the knowledge about human behavior, social policy, and social environments that informs good practice. This edition provides new and updated information about the theory and practice of social work with groups. Its readers will gain understanding not only of what to do but also of how and why to do it at a given time.

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