KEY FEATURES: Students will actually enjoy reading this book. The author uses his years of experience, including his mistakes, as the foundation for his communication with readers and instructors. Illustrations help make this book even more accessible. The importance and use of theory is clearly articulated and shows students who are often bored or put off by theory how to use it in a way that makes sense. This book prepares new group workers for difficult, challenging groups by reviewing a number of specialized groups. There are a wealth of practice activities for the instructor, including reflection exercises, group lab practice activities, and questions for “further thought.“

Specialized Groups

Chapter 12 Specialized groups

It is never too late to be what you might have been.

—George Eliot

You will most likely find that you have a special talent for working with some specific population of people. You might really like working with children and find that you’re less interested in working with older people. Or you might prefer working with groups of adults. Many of these adults will be people who have made some difficult, even harmful, life choices and are now trying to get back on track—to become what they might have been.

Beyond that, you may find further that you have some real interest in working with some specific theme or interest area group: for example, women with serious health problems, adolescents with ...

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