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Group Work with Adolescents, Third Edition: Principles and Practice / Edition 3

Group Work with Adolescents, Third Edition: Principles and Practice / Edition 3

by Andrew Malekoff


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Group Work with Adolescents, Third Edition: Principles and Practice / Edition 3

A trusted course text and professional resource, this comprehensive book delves into all aspects of planning and conducting strengths-based group work with adolescents. In an accessible, down-to-earth style, Andrew Malekoff spells out the principles of effective group practice. Extensive clinical illustrations show how successful group leaders engage teens in addressing tough issues—including violence, sexuality, prejudice, social isolation, and substance abuse—in a wide range of settings. Normative issues that adolescents face in the multiple contexts of their lives are lucidly explained. Packed with creative ideas and activities, the book helps readers develop their skills as confident, reflective practitioners.

New to This Edition
*Significantly revised chapters on group work essentials, school-based practice, and trauma.
*Additional topics: social media and cyberbullying, expressive and animal-assisted therapies, mindfulness, adolescent brain development, and more.
*Updated practice principles, information, and references.
*Numerous new practice illustrations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2901462525804
Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date: 12/29/2015
Series: Clinical Practice with Children, Adolescents, and Families Series
Edition description: Third Edition
Pages: 438
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Andrew Malekoff, MSW, LCSW, CASAC, is Executive Director and CEO of the North Shore Child and Family Guidance Center in Roslyn Heights, New York, where he has worked since 1977. Mr. Malekoff is Editor in Chief of Social Work with Groups: A Journal of Community and Clinical Practice, has taught as an adjunct professor at the Adelphi and New York University Schools of Social Work, and serves as a board member for the International Association for Social Work with Groups. He was named Social Work Community Practitioner of the Year by the New York State Social Work Education Association. Widely published, Mr. Malekoff has presented his work and facilitated workshops across the United States and Canada.

Table of Contents

I. The Adolescent in Context
1. Adolescent Development, Risk, and Opportunity
2. Essentials for Group Work with Adolescents: Staying in the Mess
II. Guidelines for Group Building
3. Strengths-Based Group Work with Adolescents
4. Planning in Group Work: Where We Begin
5. Good Beginnings in Group Work: Socializing Adolescents into the Group Culture
6. What’s Going On in There?: Forming Alliances with Parents Whose Adolescent Children Join Groups
7. School-Based Group Work with Adolescents: A View from the Inside Out
8. Problem Solving in Group Work
9. The Purposeful Use of Activities in Group Work: Innovative, Expressive, and Mindful Approaches
10. The Ending Transition in Group Work
III. Contemporary and Age-Old Themes in Group Work: Guidelines, Applications, and Practice Illustrations
11. Addressing Racial and Ethnic Diversity through Group Work
12. Violence and Youth: Dimensions and Interventions in Group Work
13. Group Work in the Aftermath of Traumatic Events
14. Adolescent Sexuality and Group Work
15. Group Work as a Counterforce to Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse
IV. Special Challenges for Group Workers
16. The Struggle to Fit In
17. On Becoming a Reflective Group Worker


Social workers and other professionals working with adolescents, including clinical and school psychologists, counselors, and child and adolescent psychiatrists. Serves as a text in such courses as Adolescent Psychotherapy, Group Work, and Social Work Practice with Adolescents.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having read this book since its first edition, I am impressed with the progression that now leads us to edition number three. I am a clinician and educator and I give this book my highest recommendation. The third edition adds some amazing illustrations on mindfulness, animal-assisted work with teens in groups, the impact of social media on kids and how to address that in groups, lots of new insights on school based group work and much more. Mr. Malekoff writes in a most accessible, absorbing and down-to-earth style. There is the feeling, in reading his illustrations of practice that include many of his own, of being in the room or with the group in whatever setting it is being presented: in an office, at a ranch, in an organic garden, and so on. And, every illustration is well-grounded with clear, concise and helpful concepts that help to anchor the action in the group. What is most helpful for my students, is having a text that reads almost like a novel or a series of short stories and, at the same time, is deeply rooted in social work with groups. This is so important, especially for social workers. Malekoff celebrates our identity and traditions and, at the same time, offers a text that stands up with important texts from allied fields - psychology, psychiatry, counseling, etc. If you work with adolescents (and or school-age children for that matter), if there is only one book you buy this year, make it Group Work with Adolescents that book.