Group Work: A Humanistic and Skills Building Approach / Edition 2

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A book that supports the human spirit and the humanistic visions of those who champion personal and social change through the social work group….

The Second Edition of Group Work: A Humanistic and Skills Building Approach identifies the humanistic values and democratic norms that guide the group practitioner’s interventions. The book presents seven stage themes of group development, 29 techniques for group work practice, and more than 60 new illustrations from contemporary group work. The Second Edition remains centered on the role of the social group work practitioner, who employs group work methods to further the personal growth and empowerment of members in community and institutional contexts.

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Editorial Reviews

Social Work Education
This book, with its 12 well-written, easy to read chapters, is highly recommended to those interested in studying group work. Social work students and supervisors will find this book useful because it presents many illustrations of group meetings that help readers to understand values, norms and practitioners’ roles.— Masoomeh Maarefvand
Shantih E. Clemans
"Group Work: A Humanistic and Skills Building Approach delivers as promised: a book solidly informed by humanistic values and principles: a book willing to teach clinical skills through a combination of theory and detailed case examples: a book equally of use and at ease in the classroom as in the field."
Social Work Education - Masoomeh Maarefvand
This book, with its 12 well-written, easy to read chapters, is highly recommended to those interested in studying group work. Social work students and supervisors will find this book useful because it presents many illustrations of group meetings that help readers to understand values, norms and practitioners’ roles.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412966627
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 10/8/2008
  • Series: SAGE Sourcebooks for the Human Services Series , #13
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Urania Glassman, DSW, LCSW, has been Director of Field Instruction at Wurzweiler School of Social Work of Yeshiva University since 1993. She has authored many articles on group work and field education, and has been presenting on these topics at national and international conferences for three decades. She has been involved with the Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups since it convened its first Group Work Symposium in Cleveland in 1979, and was co-founder of the NY Red Apple Chapter of AASWG. She consults to agencies on group work, field education, and staff supervision. She co-chaired the School’s three day 50th Anniversary Conference in 2007.

Her role in field education includes developing and co-chairing the Field Symposium at the Council on Social Work Education, and the North American Network of Field Educators and Directors — NANFED. She sits on the CSWE Commission on Curriculum and Educational Innovation — COCEI. Her most recent paper is, “Field Education as the Signature Pedagogy of Social Work.”

Dr. Glassman was on the Adelphi University School of Social Work faculty, as Director of Field Instruction. She chaired the group work and foundation practice sequences, and taught group work, foundation practice, casework, and the seminar in field instruction.

Her thirteen year staff role at the House Plan Association of the City College of New York included its directorship. This unique multi-faceted group work student activities program revolved around small friendship groups developed by student leaders and supervised by professionals. A group dynamics design included human relations training programs to enhance student development.

Dr. Glassman has her M.A. from Columbia Teachers College, her MSW and DSW from Adelphi University SSW. Her private practice is with individuals, groups, and families.

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Table of Contents

List of Practice Illustrations

Pt. I Dimensions of the Humanistic Approach

1 Humanistic Values and Democratic Norms: Equal Rights 3

2 Further Humanistic Values and Democratic Norms: Freedoms 29

3 Stage Themes of Group Development 55

Pt. II Dual Objectives and Techniques of Humanistic Group Work

4 The Dual Objectives 89

5 Techniques for Developing the Democratic Mutual Aid System 103

6 Techniques for Actualizing Group Purpose 129

7 Further Techniques for Actualizing Group Purpose 151

8 Techniques for Developing the Democratic Mutual Aid System and Actualizing Group Purpose 175

Pt. III Differential Application of the Humanistic Approach

9 Assessing the Member in the Group 197

10 Fields of Practice and Humanistic Group Work 227

Pt. IV Practice Variations and Contingencies 243

11 Short-Term, Single-Session, Open-Ended, and Structured Groups 245

12 Contingencies 259

References 273

Index 279

About the Author 299

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