A book that supports the human spirit and the humanistic visions of those who champion personal and social change through the social work group….

The Second Edition of Group Work: A Humanistic and Skills Building Approach identifies the humanistic values and democratic norms that guide the group practitioner's interventions. The book presents seven stage themes of group development, 29 techniques for group work practice, and more than 60 new illustrations from contemporary group work. The Second Edition remains centered on the role of the social group work practitioner, who employs group work methods to further the personal growth and empowerment of members in community and institutional contexts.

Features of the Second Edition:

Offers 29 new descriptions of group work practice techniques, which have applicability in clinical, support, and organizational groups; Provides seven stage themes of group development, describing member reactions and highlighting worker pitfalls, self-awareness issues, and skills for maximizing member growth within each stage; Presents 60 new illustrations of group meetings, which demonstrate the practitioner role and conclude with discussion and analysis; Includes an updated Chapter 10, which highlights ethical values in mental health, substance abuse treatment, and health care groups

Intended Audience

This is an ideal core text for advance undergraduate and graduate courses such as Group Work, Foundation Practice, Skills of Counseling, and Group Dynamics in the fields of social work, psychology, and counseling.

Stage Themes of Group Development

Stage themes of group development

To gain a fuller understanding of group interactions as members move toward and away from humanistic and democratic forms of relationship and work, the practitioner views the changing process through the lens of stage theories of group development. Many classic and contemporary practice theories consider the members' reactions, behaviors, and concomitant themes in terms of stages in the group's development (Bennis & Shepard, 1962; Garland, Jones, & Kolodny, 1973; Sarri & Galinsky, 1985; Toseland & Rivas, 2004). The stage model of change proposes that particular reactions emerge among the group members in patterned and sequenced forms. Understanding these patterns offers the practitioner a framework for taking professional action in relation to the salient themes presented in ...

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