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Zastrow's book is a rich resource and hands-on guide that students like to keep for future reference. This ten-part book has each chapter module broken down into a particular format. First, the goal of the chapter is stated; then the chapter provides the theoretical material for the class; and then, exercises are given to illustrate the key concepts in the chapter. Students are encouraged to break into groups and lead the class in the exercises - the class then becomes a lab for students to learn how to work in and lead all kinds of groups.
PART I: INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL GROUP WORK. 1. Types of Groups: Their Nature and Development. 2. Social Group Work and Social Work Practice. PART II: LEADING GROUPS. 3. Leadership Roles, Functions, and Guidelines. 4. Personal Goals, Group Goals, and the Nominal Group. 5. Group Norms and Problems of Conformity. 6. Working with Diverse Groups. PART III: COMMUNICATION IN GROUPS. 7. Verbal Communication. 8. Nonverbal Communication. PART IV: PROBLEM-SOLVING AND DECISION-MAKING GROUPS. 9. Problem Solving, Controversy, and Conflict Resolution. 10. Decision Making. 11. Parliamentary Procedure. PART V: ORGANIZATIONS AND COMMUNITIES. 12. Organizations and Groups. 13. Communities and Groups. PART VI: SELF-HELP AND EDUCATIONAL GROUPS. 14. Self-Help Groups. 15. Stress Management. 16. Time Management. PART VII: THERAPEUTIC GROUPS. 17. Starting and Leading Therapy Groups. 18. Client-Centered Therapy in Groups. 19. Transactional Analysis in Groups. 20. Reality Therapy in Groups. 21. Rational Therapy in Groups. 22. Behavior Therapy in Groups. 23. Feminist Intervention in Groups. 24. Family Therapy. 25. Grief Management. 26. Interventions with Chemical Dependence. 27. Interventions with Eating Disorders. 28. Interventions with Family/Intimate Violence. PART VIII: SENSITIVITY GROUPS. 29. Identity Formation and Values Clarification. 30. Desensitization to Sexual Issues. 31. Improving Interpersonal Relationships. PART IX: TERMINATION AND EVALUATION. 32. Ending a Group. Appendices.