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Group Work
Strategies for Strengthening Resiliency

Edited By

Timothy Kelly B

ISBN 9780789014733
Published October 12, 2001 by Routledge
238 Pages

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Book Description

Explore the latest research and practice information in group work!

Group Work: Strategies for Strengthening Resiliency is a collection of research and information presented at the Twentieth Annual International Symposium on Social Work with Groups. Resiliency issues are explored in relation to children, couples, managers, survivors of torture, poor women, HIV/AIDS affected youth, and other population groups. The contributors were keynote speakers and paper presenters at the symposium. They represent a wide range of fields of practice and experience.

For social workers, students, educators, and practitioners, this volume examines how group work can improve resiliency in your community. Here's a sample of what you'll find inside:

  • Keynote Speaker Jeremy Woodcock's experiences in his groundbreaking resiliency work with victims of torture
  • Alex Gitterman's brilliant exposition of the notions of resiliency and vulnerability--he outlines the current thinking and puts it into a group work context
  • case examples that illustrate resiliency in children
  • a discussion of how residential settings can function like a 24-hour group and how to use that group effectively to strengthen the resiliency of the residents
  • a way to use groups to help develop social and economic capital for poor women through investment clubs
  • group themes and practice strategies for group work with couples who have differing HIV status

    Group Work: Strategies for Strengthening Resiliency also contains chapters reflecting the personal experiences of the authors. One shares her transformation from a worker who did case work in a group into a social group worker. Another shares a reminiscence of a personal journey during her formative years as a budding group worker.
From its description of how the use of group work principles and skills can benefit managers and programs to its challenge to group workers to incorporate some community work skills into their repertoire, Group Work: Strategies for Strengthening Resiliency is more than a fascinating read--it is a tool to help you keep abreast of the latest theory and practice in this ever-changing field.

Table of Contents


  • About the Editors
  • Contributors
  • Acknowledgment
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1. Being, Noticing, Knowing: The Emergence of Resilience in Group Work
  • Introduction
  • The “Dance” Between Knowing and Not Knowing and What to Offer
  • Being Resilient: The Secure Base
  • Noticing
  • Knowing
  • Finally
  • Chapter 2. Vulnerability, Resilience, and Social Work with Groups
  • Resilience
  • Key Turning Points
  • Chapter 3. Building Resourceful Communities: A Group Worker's Guide to Community Work
  • The Importance of Community in the Lives of People
  • Seamless Practice: Community Work for Group Workers
  • Chapter 4. The Potential Impact of Small-Group Research on Social Group Work Practice
  • Group Development
  • Social Cognition
  • Member Roles
  • Therapeutic Factors
  • Groupthink
  • Gender
  • Diversity
  • Summary and Conclusion
  • Chapter 5. Fostering Resiliency in Children Through Group Work: Instilling Hope, Courage,and Life Skills
  • Stories of Resiliency
  • Resiliency Theory
  • Framework for Resiliency-Enhancing Group Work
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 6. The Web of Life: A Reminiscence of a Group Experience with Incarcerated Adolescent Females
  • Introduction
  • Group Work and Camping
  • The Camping Experience
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 7. No Longer Invisible: Group Work with Children and Youth Affected by HIV and AIDS
  • Introduction
  • Conceptual Framework for This Group Work Program
  • The Program and Its Evolution
  • Concluding Comments
  • Chapter 8. Group Work in the Residential Setting: The Twenty-Four-Hour Group
  • Introduction
  • Population
  • Culture versus Behavior
  • Theory
  • Topic Groups
  • Stages of Group Development Throughout the Residential Setting
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 9. Knowledge and Skills Needed by Managers and Supervisors of Social Group Work Practice in Agencies Serving Persons with Severe Mental Illnesses
  • Commonalities in Psychosocial That Supervisors in PSR Agencies Should Expect
  • Recommendations for Managers and Supervisors
  • Summary
  • Chapter 10. The Assets Group Model: Empowerment through Investment Clubs
  • The Problem
  • Literature Review
  • Group Program Rationale
  • Why Invest in Stocks and Why Participate in a Club?
  • Program Implementation Issues
  • Report on the Orientation Meeting
  • Discussion
  • Chapter 11. Group Work for Heterosexual Couples of Mixed HIV Status
  • Introduction
  • Group Issues: Experiences and Themes
  • Challenges for the Workers
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 12. Social Group Work: A Journey of Discovery
  • Introduction
  • Outline of the Group
  • Social Group Work: A Journey of Discovery
  • Conclusion
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included

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