Group Work: A Practical Guide to Developing Groups in Agency Settings / Edition 1

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Because of its cost-effective nature, group work has become the treatment approach of choice in a broad range of human service agencies. This practical guide offers the skills and awareness needed to effectively navigate the many intricacies of working in groups within diverse agency settings. Its unique agency perspective includes coverage of agency structure, policies, history, staff, politics, and client demographics. Practitioners are equipped with strategic planning in ways that can positively maximize their use of available resources within themselves, their agencies, and the surrounding community.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470288962
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/4/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Lupe Alle-Corliss is a bilingual licensed clinical social worker with experience in a broad range of mental health agencies. She is an instructor in the Human Services program at California State University, Fullerton, where she helped develop the curriculum for a new MSW program. Experienced in program development, she also provides'in-service training on a variety of mental health topics to practitioners, educators, and students.

Randall Alle-Corliss is a licensed clinical social worker with rich experience in a variety of community agencies and with myriad client populations. He teaches in the Human Services program and has served as the field coordinator at California State University, Fullerton. He currently manages the Psychiatric Department for Kaiser-Permanente in Fontana, California.

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Table of Contents

About the Authors.



Part I Introduction.

Chapter 1 Introduction to Group Practice.

Part II Developing Group Skills.

Chapter 2 Fundamentals of Group Work.

Chapter 3 Understanding Group Development.

Chapter 4 Theory and Practice of Group Work.

Part III Developing Agency Skills.

Chapter 5 Understanding Agency Systems and Diverse Client Populations.

Chapter 6 Ethical and Legal Issues of Group Work in Agency Settings.

Chapter 7 How to Engage in Successful Group Practice within an Agency.

Part IV Applying Group and Agency Skills.

Chapter 8 Application of Skills: A Lifespan Approach.


Author Index.

Subject Index.

About the CD-ROM. 

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