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Overview

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.

Features of the Second Edition:

· Offers 29 new descriptions of group work practice techniques, which have applicability in clinical, support, and organizational groups

· Provides seven stage themes of group development, describing member reactions and highlighting worker pitfalls, self-awareness issues, and skills for maximizing member growth within each stage

· Presents 60 new illustrations of group meetings, which demonstrate the practitioner role and conclude with discussion and analysis

· Includes an updated Chapter 10, which highlights ethical values in mental health, substance abuse treatment, and health care groups

Intended Audience

This is an ideal core text for advance undergraduate and graduate courses such as Group Work, Foundation Practice, Skills of Counseling, and Group Dynamics in the fields of social work, psychology, and counseling.

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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: 9781412966634
  • 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: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (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
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
PART I. DIMENSIONS OF THE HUMANISTIC APPROACH
1. Humanistic Values and Democratic Norms: Equal Rights
Historical Overview of Democratic Principles Values of the Humanistic Group
Democratic Norms as Values in Action
Humanistic Values 1-4
Humanistic Value 1: People Have Inherent Worth and Equal Right to Oportunity
Humanistic Value 2: People Are Responsible for and to One Another
Humanistic Value 3: People Have the Right to Belong to and Be Included in Supportive Systems
Humanistic Value 4: People Have the Right to Take Part and to Be Heard
Summary
2. Further Humanistic Values and Democratic Norms: Freedoms
Humanistic Values 5-8
Humanistic Value 5: People Have the Right to Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Expression
Humanistic Value 6: People Who Are Different Enrich One Another
Humanistic Value 7: People Have the Right to Freedom of Choice
Humanistic Value 8: People Have the Right to Question and Challenge Professionals in Authority Roles
Summary
3. Stage Themes of Group Development
Overview of Stage Theory
The T-Group Model and the Boston Model
Beginning, Middle, and Ending Phases
Group Process and Group Purpose
Stage Theory and Member Differences
Stage Themes and Practitioner Reactions to Members
Stage Themes: Humanism and Democracy
Stage Themes of group development
Stage Theme 1: "We're Not in Charge"
Stage Theme 2: "We Are in Charge"
Stage Theme 3: "We're Taking You On"
Stage Theme 4: Sanctuary
Stage Theme 5: "This Isn't Good Anymore"
Stage Theme 6: "We're Okay and Able"
Stage Theme 7: "Just a Little Longer"
Summary
PART II. OBJECTIVES AND TECHNIQUES OF HUMANISTIC GROUP WORK
4. Dual Objectives: Developing the Democratic Mutual Aid System and Actualizing Purpose
The Dual Objectives: Developing the Democratic Mutual Aid System and Actualizing Purpose
Developing the Democratic Mutual Aid System
Actualizing Group Purpose
Accomplishing the Dual Objectives
Dual Objectives and the Change Process
Interactions of the Dual Objectives
Forms of Interaction that Foster the Democratic Mutual Aid System
Forms of Interaction that Foster the Actualization of Group Purpose
Summary
5. Techniques for Developing the Democratic Mutual Aid System
Use of Technique
Categorizing Techniques
Techniques for Developing the Democratic Mutual aid System
Facilitating Collective Participation
Scanning
Engaging the Group as a Whole
Modulating the Expression of Feeling
Facilitating Decision-Making Processes
Processing the Here and Now
Expressing Feelings About the Practitioner Role
Goal Setting
Good and Welfare
Summary
6. Techniques for Actualizing Group Purpose
Techniques for Actualizing Group Purpose
Role Rehearsal
Programming
Group Reflective Consideration
Interpretation
Feedback
Summary
7. Further Techniques for Actualizing Group Purpose
Further Techniques for Actualizing Group Purpose
Conflict Resolution
Group Mending
Confrontation
Data and Facts
Self-Disclosure
Dealing With the Unknown
Taking Stock
Summary
8. Techniques for Developing the Democratic Mutual Aid System and Actualizing Group Purpose
Techniques for Developing the Democratic Mutual Aid System and Actualizing Group Purpose
Demand for Work
Directing
Lending a Vision
Staying With Feelings
Silence
Support
Exploration
Identification
Summary
PART III. DIFFERENTIAL APPLICATION OF THE HUMANISTIC APPROACH
9. Assessing the Member in the Group
Assessment Activities and the Group Member
Assessing the Member in the Group
Psychosocial Criteria for Assessment
Capacity Toward Mutual Aid and Purpose
Ego Abilities and Sense of Self
Social Institutional Environment
Stereotypes and Self-Fulfilling Prophesies
Symbolic Representations of the Practitioner and Group
Summary
10. Fields of Practice and Humanistic Group Work
Mental Health Groups
Health Care Groups
Substance and Alcohol Addictions Groups
Summary
PART IV. PRACTICE VARIATIONS AND CONTINGENCIES
11. Short-Term, Single-Session, Open-Ended, and Structured Groups
Short-Term Groups
Single-Session Groups
Open-Ended Groups
Structured Groups
Summary
12. Contingencies
Setting Up the Group Meeting
Preparing for the Initial Meeting
Informal Between-Session Contacts With Practitioner
Formal Between-Session Contacts With Practitioner
Postgroup Responsibilities
Copractice
Summary
References
Index
About the Author
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