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.

Techniques for Actualizing Group Purpose

Techniques for actualizing group purpose

Actualizing group purpose is the second of the dual objectives of humanistic group work. Techniques the practitioner uses to actualize group purpose are aimed at assisting members to focus on the issues, situations, and interpersonal patterns that have brought them to the group.

Relationships that have been built on humanistic values and democratic norms provide the basic frame of reference for self-expression. The group is governed by the principle of externality (Papell & Rothman, 1980b), which fosters its functioning outside of the meeting. Members and significant others carry out needs and interactions in and out of the group's actual meetings.

The practitioner recognizes that the processes related to purpose will vary in their intensity, duration, and frequency. These ...

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