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This book provides a unique and compassionate perspective on group social work with a focus on clinical settings. In an open and user-friendly style, author Kenneth Reid offers practical, day-to-day strategies to help social workers work with people in small groups in a way that is therapeutic, growth producing, and life-enhancing. In addition to integrating small-groups theory and therapeutic principles, Social Work Practice with Groups also offers: numerous clinical examples that bring the material alive and into context, "Notes to Myself" vignettes that begin with each chapter and relate the author's experience to the topics in the chapter while they convey a piece of personal and practical wisdom, and a focus on the "personhood" of the group leader, which explores how the practitioner's own personality, development, and life situation are brought into the therapeutic relationship.
Gives a historical context, therapeutic factors in groups, the group cauldron, the person as member, foundation skills.
1. Groups to Help People. 2. A Historical Context. 3. Therapeutic Factors in Groups. 4. The Group Cauldron. 5. The Person as Member. 6. Worker in the Group. 7. Foundation Skills. 8. Worker Interventions. 9. Establishing the Group. 10. The Beginning Phase of Group Work. 11. Program Activities. 12. The Middle Phase of Group Work. 13. The Ending Phase of Group Work. Epilogue. Appendixes. References. Index.