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Group Work Stories Celebrating Diversity

1st Edition

Edited by Andrew Malekoff


200 pages

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Hardback: 9781138302419
pub: 2017-11-28

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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.


'Group work stories celebrating diversity is an example of the power of words to invigorate, teach, soothe, and validate. As Melissa Eaton writes in “Come as you are! Creating community with groups” : “My group’s care for each other gives me hope in humanity” (p. 92). This book offers me hope in humanity.'

Shantih E. Clemans, SUNY Empire State College, Brooklyn, NY, Social Work with Groups

Table of Contents

Introduction Andrew Malekoff

Part I: From the Inside-Out

1. When the Trainer Got Trained: Seven Things I Learned About Delivering Diversity Trainings Norissa J. Williams

2. Addressing Internalized Biases and Stereotypes of the Group Leader: A Life-Long Professional Task Lawrence Shulman

3. Invisible People Don’t Need Masks Jennifer A. Clements

4. "Small" Acts Are Often Not That Small Mark Doel

5. Hope and Sorrow Joshua L. Miller

6. To a Classroom in Botswana (and Back) in Search of Cultural Understanding Amy Nitza

7. Exploring Personal and Professional Understanding of Nonmonogamous Relationships: Reflections on a Group Work–Informed Workshop Sarah R. Hemphill, Shirley R. Simon, and Brandon Haydon

Part II: Growing Up

8. Which Drums Should We Play? Katrina Skewes McFerran

9. Group Work with Gay Male Teens at the Time of 9/11 Andrew J. Peters

10. The Watusi Girls: A Legacy of Inspiration Carol Irizarry

11. Creating Space for LGBTQ Youths to Guide the Group Karen Myers

12. From Profiled to Praiseworthy to Proud Andrew Malekoff

Part III: Aging

13. A Different Kind of Sorority Charlene Lane

14. Lessons Learned from Ballroom Dancing with Older Adults Ann M. Rodio and Alexandria Holmes

Part IV: From Medical Model to Social Model

15. "Oh, Don’t Get Your Hopes up about That. He’ll Never Be the Same" Joseph Walsh

16. Celebrating Neurodiversity: An Often-Overlooked Difference in Group Work Barbara Muskat

17. Come As You Are!: Creating Community with Groups Melissa Eaton

Part V: Language

18. "Professors, Why Did You Ask Us to Throw Out All Our Hopes and Dreams?" Carol S. Cohen and Yuxin Pei

19. Working with a Diversity of Languages: Francophone and Anglophone Coparticipants in Groups of Parents of Transgender Children Annie Pullen Sansfaçon and David Ward

20. Placing Diversity: Graduate Encounters with Group Work Narine N. Kerelian

Part VI: In The Classroom

21. Being Black in a Higher Learning Institution Destinee Miguest

22. Until the Animals Get Their Own Story Teller, the Hunter Remains the Hero of All Tales Olufunke Oba

23. Recognizing the Needs of Black Social Work Students in the Current Racial Climate Norissa J. Williams

24. Flowers and a Garden, Children and Games, Laughter and Fun: Unity in Diversity Reineth Prinsloo, Jenilee Botha, Lee-Ann Human, Lindokuhle Maphalala, Thato Masuku, Zipho Tshapela, and Evadné van den Berg

25. Countertransference Challenges in Working with Diversity: A Group Worker Reflects Les Fleischer

Part VII: Searching for Meaning and More

26. Insiders in an Empty World Maria A. Gurrola

27. Women Faculty of Color in a Predominantly White Institution: A Natural Support Group Edna W. Comer, Catherine K. Medina, Lirio K. Negroni, and Rebecca L. Thomas

28. Healing Through Group Work Bharati Sethi

29. "Being Accepted" and "Being Accepted"? Jan Fook

30. Breaking Taboos: The Power of Group Work for First-Generation Scholars George W. Turner, Michael D. Pelts, and Michelle G. Thompson

31. The Village: Still Alive and Necessary Samuel R. Benbow

About the Editor

Andrew Malekoff is executive director and CEO for North Shore Child and Family Guidance Center in Roslyn Heights, NY, USA, where he has worked since 1977. He has been editor of the quarterly professional journal Social Work with Groups since 1990, and is the author of Group Work with Adolescents: Principles and Practice (1997), now in its 3rd edition (2014).

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