Using a plentiful selection of skill-building and self-evaluation exercises, author Charles Zastrow's comprehensive, workbook-style text promotes his philosophy that you can learn group leadership skills best by practicing them in class. In this seventh edition of SOCIAL WORK WITH GROUPS: A COMPREHENSIVE WORKBOOK, Zastrow discusses topics central to a successful understanding of group leadership: stages of groups, group dynamics, verbal and nonverbal communication, types of groups, and diversity in groups. When you participate in groups, the classroom becomes a "lab" where you can experience what it's like to work in and lead the many kinds of groups the author discusses.
Charles Zastrow, MSW, Ph.D., is a professor in the MSW program at George Williams College in Williams Bay, Wisconsin. He previously taught in the Social Work Department of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. A Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Wisconsin, Dr. Zastrow has worked as a practitioner for various agencies, chaired social work accreditation site visit teams for the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), and served on the Commission on Accreditation of CSWE. He also is a member of the BPD board. A leader in social work education and a best-selling author, Dr. Zastrow has written four other textbooks: THE PRACTICE OF SOCIAL WORK, SOCIAL WORK WITH GROUPS, SOCIAL PROBLEMS: ISSUES AND SOLUTIONS, and UNDERSTANDING HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT (with Dr. Karen Kirst-Ashman).
1. Groups: Types and Stages of Development. 2. Social Group Work and Social Work Practice. 3. Group Dynamics: Leadership. 4. Group Dynamics: Goals and Norms. 5. Verbal and Nonverbal Communication. 6. Task Groups. 7. Working with Diverse Groups. 8. Self-Help Groups. 9. Social Work with Families. 10. Organizations, Communities, and Groups. 11. Educational Groups: Stress Management and Time Management as Examples. 12. Treatment Groups. 13. Termination and Evaluation of a Group. Appendix One: Group Treatment Theories Resource Manual. Module 1. Rational Therapy in Groups. Module 2. Behavior Therapy in Groups. Module 3. Reality Therapy in Groups. Appendix Two: Answers to Group Exercises D-F in Chapter 6.