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.

Assessing the Member in the Group

Assessing the member in the group

Assessment as a habit of mind is present from moment to moment as the group worker “listens” to make sure his or her interventions are attentive to client concerns.

—Germain & Gitterman, 1980

In developing assessments, the following must occur:

Social workers must make informed choices … including where and how to enter an individual's … or group's situation … which client messages to explore, and when to work on factual content or feelings…. Assessment relies on reasoned thought when making judgements at any moment during the session … and when constructing a formal assessment of person/environment exchanges following several sessions. (Germain & Gitterman, 1996, p. 42)

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