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.“

An Invitation to Group Work

Chapter 1 An invitation to group work

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.

—Helen Keller


We’d set the stage to start a new group. Jasmine, my coleader, and I had done a lot of planning for this group, and now we were about to have the first meeting. It was a good-sized group, comprising 12 young men and women, though there were a few more women than men.

I’d been watching and listening to some of the informal banter going on before the group started, making some initial mental notes as people talked together before we officially got rolling—seeing who seemed to be initiating conversations, who was holding back, and who was not ...

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