Group Work Stories Celebrating Diversity is a most timely book about group work practice and education that highlights the theme of diversity, which encompasses acceptance and respect for various dimensions of difference. Dimensions of diversity include race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical or intellectual abilities, linguistic difference, religious beliefs, international or regional origin, lifestyle, political beliefs, or other ideologies, as well as the varying and complex intersection of these various dimensions. The thirty-one meaningful stories in this book explore these differences, leading to understanding and to moving beyond simple tolerance to mutual empathy, genuine and open encounter, and the celebration of the rich dimensions of diversity. Readers will enjoy this wonderfully intimate and intriguing collection, and will be moved to share them with others to help to spread the word about the importance of embracing, understanding and celebrating diversity. This book, with an international cast of authors – practitioners, educators and students – is a welcome antidote to the divisiveness and suspicion that swirl around difference and have become a sad hallmark of current times. This book was originally published as a special issue of the Social Work with Groups journal.
IntroductionPart I: From the Inside-Out 1. When the Trainer Got Trained: Seven Things I Learned About Delivering Diversity Trainings2. Addressing Internalized Biases and Stereotypes of the Group Leader: A Life-Long Professional Task3. Invisible People Don’t Need Masks4. "Small" Acts Are Often Not That Small5. Hope and Sorrow6. To a Classroom in Botswana (and Back) in Search of Cultural Understanding7. Exploring Personal and Professional Understanding of Nonmonogamous Relationships: Reflections on a Group Work–Informed WorkshopPart II: Growing Up 8. Which Drums Should We Play?9. Group Work with Gay Male Teens at the Time of 9/1110. The Watusi Girls: A Legacy of Inspiration11. Creating Space for LGBTQ Youths to Guide the Group12. From Profiled to Praiseworthy to ProudPart III: Aging 13. A Different Kind of Sorority14. Lessons Learned from Ballroom Dancing with Older AdultsPart IV: From Medical Model to Social Model 15. "Oh, Don’t Get Your Hopes up about That. He’ll Never Be the Same"16. Celebrating Neurodiversity: An Often-Overlooked Difference in Group Work17. Come As You Are!: Creating Community with GroupsPart V: Language 18. "Professors, Why Did You Ask Us to Throw Out All Our Hopes and Dreams?"19. Working with a Diversity of Languages: Francophone and Anglophone Coparticipants in Groups of Parents of Transgender Children20. Placing Diversity: Graduate Encounters with Group WorkPart VI: In The Classroom 21. Being Black in a Higher Learning Institution22. Until the Animals Get Their Own Story Teller, the Hunter Remains the Hero of All Tales23. Recognizing the Needs of B