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1st Edition

Group Work Stories Celebrating Diversity

Edited By

Andrew Malekoff

ISBN 9781138302419
Published November 30, 2017 by Routledge
216 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction  Part I: From the Inside-Out  1. When the Trainer Got Trained: Seven Things I Learned About Delivering Diversity Trainings  2. Addressing Internalized Biases and Stereotypes of the Group Leader: A Life-Long Professional Task  3. Invisible People Don’t Need Masks  4. "Small" Acts Are Often Not That Small  5. Hope and Sorrow  6. To a Classroom in Botswana (and Back) in Search of Cultural Understanding  7. Exploring Personal and Professional Understanding of Nonmonogamous Relationships: Reflections on a Group Work–Informed Workshop  Part II: Growing Up  8. Which Drums Should We Play?  9. Group Work with Gay Male Teens at the Time of 9/11  10. The Watusi Girls: A Legacy of Inspiration  11. Creating Space for LGBTQ Youths to Guide the Group  12. From Profiled to Praiseworthy to Proud  Part III: Aging  13. A Different Kind of Sorority  14. Lessons Learned from Ballroom Dancing with Older Adults  Part 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 Work  17. Come As You Are!: Creating Community with Groups  Part 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 Children  20. Placing Diversity: Graduate Encounters with Group Work  Part VI: In The Classroom  21. Being Black in a Higher Learning Institution  22. Until the Animals Get Their Own Story Teller, the Hunter Remains the Hero of All Tales  23. Recognizing the Needs of B

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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).


'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