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Introduction to Group Work Practice / Edition 8

Introduction to Group Work Practice / Edition 8

by Ronald W. Toseland


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Introduction to Group Work Practice / Edition 8

This book provides the most comprehensive information available about group dynamics and working with people in a variety of treatment and task-oriented groups. The reader receives a thorough grounding in how to work with either treatment (ongoing) or task (special focus) groups, in settings that vary from treatment to organizational and community settings. Chapters on the history of groups, group dynamics, group leadership, and diversity help the reader build a solid knowledge base about groups. For anyone in group organizations and/or in social work.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900134058961
Publisher: Pearson
Publication date: 03/25/2016
Series: Connecting Core Competencies Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 528
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Ronald W. Toseland is Director and Professor, Institute of Gerontology, School of Social Welfare, University at Albany, State University of New York. He holds an MSW from Fordham University and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He has published 6 books and over 110 articles and book chapters, many of which have focused on clinical practice with the frail and chronically ill older adults and their family caregivers. An edited book (with David Haigler and Deborah Monahan) Education and Support Group Programs for Family Caregivers: Implications for Practice, Research and Policy is in press (N.Y., Springer). Dr. Toseland is internationally recognized for his research on social work practice with groups and effective interventions for problems faced by aging individuals. His research findings have been featured in Congress and internationally. Dr. Toseland has received more than $10 million in grants for research. He was awarded the Association for Gerontology Education in Social Work Career Achievement Award in 2007 for outstanding lifelong contributions’ the Society for Social Work and Research Distinguished Achievement Award in 2008 and was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare in 2010.

Robert F. Rivas is Professor of Social Work at Siena College in Albany NY. He has published 2 books, several articles, book chapters and conference papers. He holds a BA Degree from New Mexico Highlands University and an MSW degree from Arizona State University. His practice has focused on individual and group work with children and families as well as work with Native Americans. Professor Rivas has served on both the Commission on Accreditation and he Board of Directors for the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). He has also been honored by the Association of Baccalaureate Program Directors in Social Work (BPD) and was awarded the BPD Presidential Medal of Honor in 2008 for his service to this organization. Professor Rivas has consulted extensively with social work education programs across the country, specializing in curriculum development and accreditation services

Table of Contents


1. Introduction.
Organization of the Text.
The Focus of Group Work Practice.
Values and Ethics in Group Work Practice.
Definition of Group Work.
Classifying Groups.
Group versus Individual Efforts.
A Typology of Treatment and Task Groups.
Treatment Groups.
Task Groups.

2. Historical Development.
Knowledge from Group Work Practice: Treatment Groups.
Knowledge from Group Work Practice: Task Groups.
Knowledge from Social Science Research.
Influential Theories.

3. Understanding Group Dynamics.
The Development of Helpful Group Dynamics.
Group Dynamics.
Stages of Group Development.

4. Leadership.
Leadership and Power.
An Interactional Model of Leadership.
Group Leadership Skills.

5. Leadership and Diversity.
Approaches to Multicultural Group Work.


6. Planning the Group.
Planning Focus.
Planning Model for Group Work.


7. The Group Begins.
Objectives in the Beginning Stage.

8. Assessment.
Definition of Assessment.
The Assessment Process.
Assessing the Functioning of Group Members.
Assessing the Functioning of the Group as a Whole.
Assessing the Group's Environment.
Linking Assessment to Intervention.


9. Treatment GroupMiddle-Stage Skills.

10. Treatment Groups: Specialized Methods.
Intervening with Group Members.
Intervening in the Group as a Whole.
Changing the Group Environment.

11. Task Groups: Foundation Methods.
The Ubiquitous Task Group.
Leading Task Groups.
A Model for Effective Problem Solving.

12. Task Groups: Specialized Methods.
Small Organizational Groups.
Large Organizational Groups.
Methods for Working with Community Groups.


13. Evaluation.
The Practitioner's Dilemma.
Why Evaluate? The Group Worker's View.
Evaluation Methods.
Evaluations for Planning the Group.
Evaluations for Monitoring a Group.
Evaluations for Developing a Group.
Evaluations for Determining Effectiveness and Efficiency.
Evaluation Measures.

14. Ending the Group's Work.
Factors That Influence Group Endings.
The Process of Ending.
Planned and Unplanned Termination.
Ending Group Meetings.
Ending the Group as a Whole.

15. Case Examples.
A Caregiver Support Group.
A Community Coalition.

Appendix A.
1. Guidelines for Ethics.
2. Ethical Guidelines for Group Counselors.
3. Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups, Inc.

Appendix B.
Films and Videotapes.

Appendix C.
Group Announcements.

Appendix D.
Outline for a Group Proposal.

Appendix E.
An Example of a Treatment Group Proposal.

Appendix F.

Appendix G.
Suggested Readings on Program Activities.


Name Index.

Subject Index.

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