Social Work with Groups / Edition 3

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When should someone not be admitted to a group? How can a reluctant child be persuaded to participate in a group? What is the best way to deal with issues of low self-esteem? Part of the enduring appeal of this classic work is its vivid depiction of actual group work and the challenges that arise.

Opening with an instructive survey of the roots and development of group social work—from the first YMCA to the establishment of the NASW—Northen and Kurland contribute to the integration of theory and research that forms the basis of group social work practice. Using an ecosystem approach, they set forth a generic framework for practice with diverse groups, establishing a common core of values, knowledge, purposes, and interventions that can be applied to different populations and situations. With clear step-by-step guidance, this book covers the major issues as well as the ethical challenges that working with groups entails.

This fully revised and updated edition includes seven new chapters that reflect the most recent developments in group practice.

Columbia University Press

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Editorial Reviews

This book offers guidance for navigating the major challenges and ethical concerns related to working with groups. It presents a survey of the origins and development of group social work, backed by theory, research, and a description of social work practices. Using an ecosystem approach, Northen (social work, University of Southern California, emerita) and Kurland (social work, Hunter College) offer a framework for practice with divers groups, establishing common values, knowledge, goals, and interventions. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231116329
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 8/16/2001
  • Series: Social Work Series
  • Edition description: third edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 669,344
  • Lexile: 1360L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Helen Northen is professor emerita in the School of Social Work, University of Southern California. Her many publications include Clinical Social Work. Roselle Kurland is a professor in the School of Social Work, Hunter College.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Groups in Social Work PracticeChapter 2. The Knowledge Base for PracticeChapter 3. Relationships: The Heart of PracticeChapter 4. Intervention in GroupsChapter 5. PlanningChapter 6. Pregroup Contact: Selection and Preparation of MembersChapter 7. PurposeChapter 8. The Problem-Solving ProcessChapter 9. ConflictChapter 10. Roles of MembersChapter 11. The Use of ActivityChapter 12. Stage I: Inclusion-OrientationChapter 13. Stage II: Uncertainty-ExplorationChapter 14. Stage III: Mutuality and Goal AchievementChapter 15. Stage IV: Separation-TerminationChapter 16. Evaluation

Columbia University Press

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