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Widely used by professionals, educators, and students in undergraduate and graduate courses in schools of social work throughout the United States and the world, this text presents a comprehensive, coherent, organized overview of group work practice from a generalist practice perspective. The new Eighth Edition continues to include typologies illustrating group work practice with task and treatment groups at the micro-, meso-, and macro-levels. Thoroughly updated throughout, the new edition of An Introduction to Group Work Practice includes research on virtual groups, updated and deeper content on practice with treatment and task groups, the most current literature on working with reluctant and resistant group members, updated and expanded sections on working with individuals who have difficulty engaging in and sustaining work in groups, updated material on leadership and diversity, and thoroughly updated reference material and new content from evidence-based practice sources. The Enhanced Pearson eText features embedded assessments.

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Table of contents :

 

Title Page……Page 4
Copyright Page……Page 5
Contents……Page 7
Preface……Page 14
Chapter 1: Introduction……Page 18
The Focus of Group Work Practice……Page 19
Practice Values……Page 22
Practice Ethics……Page 25
Definition of Group Work……Page 28
Formed and Natural Groups……Page 29
Treatment and Task Groups……Page 30
Advantages and Disadvantages of Treatment Groups……Page 33
Advantages and Disadvantages of Task Groups……Page 35
A Typology of Treatment and Task Groups……Page 36
Support Groups……Page 37
Educational Groups……Page 39
Growth Groups……Page 40
Therapy Groups……Page 41
Socialization Groups……Page 42
Self-Help Groups……Page 43
Groups to Meet Client Needs……Page 45
Groups to Meet Organizational Needs……Page 51
Groups to Meet Community Needs……Page 55
Summary……Page 59
Knowledge from Group Work Practice and Practice Research: Treatment Groups……Page 60
Differences Between Casework and Group Work……Page 61
Intervention Targets……Page 62
The Weakening of Group Work……Page 63
Current Practice Trends……Page 64
Divergent and Unified Practice Models……Page 67
Evidence-based Group Work Practice……Page 68
The Popularity of Psycho-educational, Structured, Practice Models……Page 69
Knowledge from Group Work Practice: Task Groups……Page 70
Knowledge from Social Science Research……Page 71
Systems Theory……Page 73
Psychodynamic Theory……Page 76
Learning Theory……Page 77
Field Theory……Page 78
Social Exchange Theory……Page 80
Constructivist, Empowerment, and Narrative Theories……Page 81
Summary……Page 82
The Development of Helpful Group Dynamics……Page 84
Communication and Interaction Patterns……Page 85
Group Cohesion……Page 96
Social Integration and Influence……Page 100
Group Culture……Page 106
Stages of Group Development……Page 109
Summary……Page 113
Chapter 4: Leadership……Page 115
Leadership, Power, and Empowerment……Page 116
Leadership, Empowerment, and the Planned Change Process……Page 119
Theories of Group Leadership……Page 120
Factors Influencing Group Leadership……Page 121
Effective Leadership……Page 122
Purposes of the Group……Page 123
Type of Problem……Page 124
The Environment……Page 126
The Group as a Whole……Page 127
The Group Members……Page 128
The Group Leader……Page 129
Group Leadership Skills……Page 130
Facilitating Group Processes……Page 131
Data-Gathering and Assessment……Page 135
Action Skills……Page 137
Learning Group Leadership Skills……Page 144
Leadership Style……Page 145
Co-leadership……Page 149
Summary……Page 152
Chapter 5: Leadership and Diversity……Page 154
Approaches to Multicultural Group Work……Page 155
A Framework for Leading Diverse Groups……Page 156
Developing Cultural Sensitivity……Page 157
Assessing Cultural Influences on Group Behavior……Page 161
Intervening with Sensitivity to Diversity……Page 167
Summary……Page 176
Planning Focus……Page 177
Establishing the Group’s Purpose……Page 179
Assessing Potential Sponsorship and Membership……Page 180
Recruiting Members……Page 186
Composing the Group……Page 189
Orienting Members……Page 195
Contracting……Page 197
Preparing the Environment……Page 199
Reviewing the Literature……Page 201
Selecting Monitoring and Evaluation Tools……Page 202
Planning Distance Groups……Page 203
Summary……Page 212
Chapter 7: The Group Begins……Page 213
Objectives in the Beginning Stage……Page 214
Ensuring a Secure Environment……Page 215
Introducing New Members……Page 216
Defining the Purpose of the Group……Page 221
Confidentiality……Page 224
Helping Members Feel a Part of the Group……Page 226
Guiding the Development of the Group……Page 227
Goal Setting in Group Work……Page 232
Contracting……Page 235
Addressing Ambivalence and Resistance……Page 236
Working with Involuntary Members……Page 241
Anticipating Obstacles……Page 243
Monitoring and Evaluating the Group: The Change Process Begins……Page 244
Summary……Page 246
Chapter 8: Assessment……Page 247
Conducting Efffective Assessments……Page 248
Focus on Group Processes……Page 249
The Assessment Process……Page 250
How Much Information?……Page 251
Diagnostic Labels……Page 252
Assessment Focus……Page 253
Relationship of Assessment to the Change Process and Problem Solving……Page 254
Assessing the Functioning of Group Members……Page 255
Methods for Assessing Group Members……Page 256
Assessing Communication and Interaction Patterns……Page 263
Assessing Cohesion……Page 264
Assessing Social Integration……Page 266
Assessing Group Culture……Page 271
Assessing the Sponsoring Organization……Page 272
Assessing the Interorganizational Environment……Page 274
Assessing the Community Environment……Page 275
Linking Assessment to Intervention……Page 277
Summary……Page 280
Middle-Stage Skills……Page 281
Preparing for Group Meetings……Page 282
Structuring the Group’s Work……Page 286
Involving and Empowering Group Members……Page 292
Helping Members Achieve Goals……Page 294
Using Empirically Based Treatment Methods in Therapy Groups……Page 304
Working with Reluctant and Resistant Group Members During the Middle Phase……Page 306
Monitoring and Evaluating the Group’s Progress……Page 309
Summary……Page 311
Overreliance on Specialized Methods……Page 312
Intervening with Group Members……Page 313
Intrapersonal Interventions……Page 314
Identifying and Discriminating……Page 315
Recognizing Associations……Page 316
Analyzing the Rationality of Thoughts and Beliefs……Page 317
Changing Thoughts, Beliefs, and Feeling States……Page 319
Interpersonal Interventions……Page 327
Learning by Observing Models……Page 328
Connecting Members to Concrete Resources……Page 334
Expanding Members’ Social Networks……Page 335
Contingency Management Procedures……Page 336
Modifying Physical Environments……Page 339
Changing Communication and Interaction Patterns……Page 340
Changing the Group’s Attraction for Its Members……Page 342
Using Social Integration Dynamics Effectively……Page 344
Changing Group Culture……Page 346
Increasing Agency Support for Group Work Services……Page 347
Links with Interagency Networks……Page 349
Increasing Community Awareness……Page 350
Summary……Page 352
The Ubiquitous Task Group……Page 353
Leading Task Groups……Page 354
Leading Meetings……Page 355
Sharing Information……Page 357
Enhancing Involvement and Commitment……Page 359
Developing Information……Page 360
Dealing with Conflict……Page 362
Making Effective Decisions……Page 365
Understanding Task Groups’ Political Ramifications……Page 367
Monitoring and Evaluating……Page 368
Problem Solving……Page 369
A Model for Effective Problem Solving……Page 370
Identifying a Problem……Page 371
Developing Goals……Page 374
Collecting Data……Page 375
Selecting the Best Plan……Page 376
Implementing the Plan……Page 377
Summary……Page 379
Brainstorming……Page 381
Variations on Brainstorming……Page 385
Focus Groups……Page 386
Nominal Group Technique……Page 389
Multi-attribute Utility Analysis……Page 393
Quality Improvement Groups……Page 396
Parliamentary Procedure……Page 398
Phillips’ 66……Page 402
Mobilization Strategies……Page 404
Capacity-Building Strategies……Page 406
Social Action Strategies……Page 408
Summary……Page 411
Factors that Influence Group Endings……Page 412
Planned and Unplanned Termination……Page 413
Member Termination……Page 414
Worker Termination……Page 416
Ending Group Meetings……Page 417
Maintaining and Generalizing Change Efforts……Page 419
Reducing Group Attraction……Page 425
Feelings About Ending……Page 427
Planning for the Future……Page 429
Making Referrals……Page 430
Summary……Page 433
Chapter 14: Evaluation……Page 434
Organizational Encouragement and Support……Page 436
Selecting a Data Collection Method……Page 437
Obtaining Program Information……Page 438
Needs Assessment……Page 439
Monitoring Methods……Page 440
Evaluations for Developing a Group……Page 446
Single-System Methods……Page 447
Case Study Methods……Page 450
Evaluations for Determining Effectiveness and Efficiency……Page 451
Choosing Measures……Page 455
Types of Measures……Page 456
Summary……Page 460
Appendix A: Standards for Social Work Practice with Groups……Page 461
Appendix B: Group Announcements……Page 472
Appendix C: Outline for a Group Proposal……Page 474
Appendix D: An Example of a Treatment Group Proposal……Page 475
Appendix E: An Example of a Task Group Proposal……Page 477
References……Page 479

Product information

ASIN‏:‎0134058968
Publisher‏:‎Pearson; 8th edition (March 4, 2016)
Language‏:‎English
Paperback‏:‎528 pages
ISBN-10‏:‎9780134058962
ISBN-13‏:‎978-0134058962
Item Weight‏:‎2.37 pounds
Dimensions‏:‎8.05 x 1.25 x 9.9 inches
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