Mutual Aid Groups, Vulnerable and Resilient Populations, and the Life Cycle / Edition 3

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Overview

The contributors to this volume examine the role of mutual aid groups and social workers in helping members of oppressed, vulnerable, and resilient populations regain control over their lives. The chapters reveal the ways in which mutual aid processes help individuals overcome social and emotional trauma in contemporary society by reducing isolation, universalizing individual problems, and mitigating stigma. Using the life cycle as a framework the editors establish a theoretical model for practice and demonstrate how social workers as group leaders can foster the healing and empowering process of mutual aid. The contributors also consider the fundamentals of the mutual aid process, the institutional benefits of group service, and specific clinical examples of mutual aid groups. Each chapter offers detailed case materials that illustrate both group work skills and developmental issues for a variety of populations and settings, including HIV-positive and AIDS patients, the homeless, and perpetrators and victims of sexual abuse and family violence.

New chapters in this completely revised and updated third edition illustrate the power of mutual aid processes in dealing with children traumatized by the events of September 11, adult survivors of sexual abuse, parents with developmentally challenged children, people with AIDS in substance recovery, and mentally ill older adults.

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Editorial Reviews

Social Work With Groups

[An] excellent contribution to the literature on social work with groups and deserves to be read by every social worker.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231128841
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 2/16/2005
  • Edition description: third edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 672
  • Sales rank: 948,992
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.38 (h) x 1.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Alex Gitterman is a professor at the University of Connecticut School of Social Work and past president of the Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups. He is the editor of The Handbook of Social Work Practice with Vulnerable and Resilient Populations, winner of the Robert Wood Johnson Award for excellence; the coauthor (with Carel Germain) of The Life Model of Social Work Practice: Advances in Theory and Practice, 2d ed.; and the coeditor of Public Health Social Work in Maternal and Child Health: A Forward Plan. Lawrence Shulman is a professor at the School of Social Work at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He is the author or coeditor of seven books, including The Skills of Helping Individuals, Families, and Groups, 5th ed., Interactional Social Work Practice: Toward an Empirical Theory, and Teaching the Helping Skills: A Field Instructor's Guide, 3rd ed.

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Table of Contents

1. The Life Model, Oppression, Vulnerability and Resilience, Mutual Aid, and the Mediating Function, by Alex Gitterman & Lawrence Shulman2. Group Work Method, by Lawrence Shulman3. Group Formation: Tasks, Methods and Skills, by Alex Gitterman4. Healing Hearts: A Bereavement Group for Children, by Carolyn Knight5. When the World No Longer Feels Safe: Helping Children through Mutual Aid, by Maxine Lynn and Danielle Nisivoccia6. Pre-teens in Double Jeopardy: Supporting Developmental Growth Through a Natural Friendship Group, by Carol Irizarry and Yetta H. Appel7. Listen to Us!: Young Adolescents in Urban Schools, by Lois Levinsky and Kathleen McAleer8. Sharing the Hurt: Adolescents in a Residential Setting, by Alice Schaeefer Nadelman9. No One is Alone: Groups During the Aids Pandemic, by George S. Getzel10. Persons with AIDS in Substance Abusing Recovery: Managing the Interaction Between the Two, by Lawrence Shulman11. Sharing Secrets: The Power of Women's Groups for Sexual Abuse Survivors, by Linda Yael Schiller and Bonnie Zimmer12. From Victim to Survivor: Group Work with Men and Women Who were Sexually Abused, by Carolyn Knight13. Uncovering Kindness and Respect: Men Who Have Practiced Violence in Intimate Relationships, by Dale Trimble14. No Place to Go: Homeless Women and Children, by Judith A.B. Lee15. Families Journey Towards Equilibrium: Children with Developmental Disabilities, by Judith Bloch, Joan Weinstein and Martin Seitz16. Finding Our Way Back: Parenting Skills for Addictive Parent, by Beatrice R. Plasse17. Healing Hurts: A Short-term Group for Separated, Widowed, and Divorced Single Parents, by Lawrence Shulman18. Dealing with the Death of a Group Member: Visually Impaired Elderly in the Community, by Alberta L. Orr19. The Group as a Source of Hope: Institutionalized Older Persons, by Toby Berman-Rossi20. Accumulated Risk: Mutual Aid Groups for Elderly Persons with a Mental illness, by Timothy B. Kelly21. Mutual Aid: A Buffer Against Risk, by Judith A.B. Lee and Carol R. Swenson22. Contemporary Group Work Practice, by Varsha Pandya

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