Social Group Work: Principles and Practices

Social Group Work: Principles and Practices

Social Group Work: Principles and Practices

Social Group Work: Principles and Practices

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Social group work as a method in social work, recreation and informal education has achieved increasing importance during the past decade. This book is an attempt to present an introduction to social group work as it has developed and as it is being practiced in the setting of social agencies. The what, why and how of group work are outlined in a systematic way with major emphasis on the group work whole, which consists of the individual in the group in the social agency-community setting with a group worker.

Group workers are thus the focus of this book. It is written for them because they are the most important element in good group work. Students who are studying first year group work courses in schools of social work, staff members now engaged in group work and others interested in learning about group work may find it useful. Because social group work is in a developmental period as to theory and principles, it is hoped that this book will encourage further study by the readers so that our understanding of the group work process will deepen.

The author is a social worker and faculty member teaching group work courses in a graduate school of social work. Thus, the point of vantage from which social group work is herein viewed is that of organized social work.

The primary objective is to present material which is important for the beginning group worker to understand. After an introductory chapter in which the nature and purpose of group work is explored, Part One, Social Group Work Method and Principles, takes up the various segments of the group work whole which confront the worker as he proceeds with a group. An effort is made to present material in logical sequence very much as the worker experiences it in actual work with groups. Major areas of understanding needed by the worker are: (1) the agency and community setting, (2) the group, (3) the individual in the group and (4) himself as a worker. When there is an adequate grasp of these areas the worker's responsibility in (1) program development with the group . . .

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