1st Edition

A Quarter Century of Classics (1978-2004) Capturing the Theory, Practice, and Spirit of Social Work with Groups

By Roselle Kurland, Andrew Malekoff Copyright 2006
    296 Pages
    by Routledge

    298 Pages
    by Routledge

    An essential collection that celebrates group social work theory and practice

    A Quarter Century of Classics (1978-2004) presents the most compelling articles published in Social Work with Groups since the journal’s inception in 1978. Culled from more than 100 issues, the book captures the heart and spirit of group work and offers teachers and practitioners a solid foundation for group work theory and practice. This “best-of-the-best” collection includes seminal articles on group developmental theory, the use of activities in group work, group work with vulnerable populations, differentiating group work from case work in a group, and social action methods.

    Selected by the editors and based on recommendations from an expert editorial board after reviewing more than 600 articles that have appeared in the journal, A Quarter Century of Classics (1978-2004) gives students and beginning practitioners an invaluable orientation to group work and provides teachers and more experienced practitioners with the essentials for reinforcing practice and promoting scholarship and professional development. The articles selected have had a significant impact on students’ papers, practice logs, and classroom contributions, covering themes that include planning, ethics, mutual aid, race, gender, time, and social reform.

    A Quarter Century of Classics (1978-2004) includes articles from:

    • Ruth Middleman, editor of Activities and Action in Groupwork
    • Janice H. Schopler and Maeda J. Galinsky, co-editors of Groups in Health Care Settings and Support Groups: Current Perspectives on Theory and Practice
    • Dominique Moyse Steinberg, author of The Mutual-Aid Approach to Working with Groups
    • Robert Salmon, co-editor of Group Work Practice in a Troubled Society and Group Work and Aging
    • Gisela Konopka, author of Young Girls: A Portrait of Adolescence
    • and social work pioneer William Schwartz
    The articles selected for A Quarter Century of Classics (1978-2004) are every bit as relevant today as when they were first published in Social Work with Groups. This book belongs on the bookshelf of every social worker and social work educator, counselor, and psychologist.

    • About the Authors
    • Preface
    • Groups in Human Services: Some Facts and Fancies (Margaret E. Hartford)
    • Planning: The Neglected Component of Group Development (Roselle Kurland)
    • The Significance of Social Group Based on Ethical Values (Gisela Konopka)
    • The Use of Program: Review and Update (Ruth R. Middleman)
    • Meeting Practice Needs: Conceptualizing the Open-Ended Group (Janice H. Schopler and Maeda J. Galinsky)
    • The Group Work Tradition and Social Work Practice (William Schwartz)
    • Building Mutual Support in Groups (Alex Gitterman)
    • Learning from Social Group Work Traditions (Margot Breton)
    • Group Work vs. Casework in a Group: Principles and Implications for Teaching and Practice (Roselle Kurland and Robert Salmon)
    • Group Work with ’Mixed Membership’ Groups: Issues of Race and Gender (Alan Brown and Tara Mistry)
    • Waking the Heart Up: A Writing Group’s Story (Erica Schnekenburger)
    • She’s Doing All the Talking, So What’s in It for Me? (The Use of Time in Groups) (Dominique Moyse Steinberg)
    • The Personal in the Political: Exploring the Group Work Continuum from Individual to Social Change Goals (Marcia B. Cohen and Audrey Mullender)
    • The Use of Purpose in On-Going Activity Groups: A Framework for Maximizing the Therapeutic Impact (Whitney Wright)
    • Groups-on-the-Go: Spontaneously Formed Mutual Aid Groups for Adolescents in Distress (Jana Jagendorf and Andrew Malekoff)
    • White Gloves and Cracked Vases: How Metaphors Help Group Workers Construct New Perspectives and Responses (Trudy K. Duffy)
    • Will the Real Healer Please Take a Bow (Rachel Miller)
    • Reference Notes Included


    Roselle Kurland, Andrew Malekoff