2nd Edition

Handbook of Social Work with Groups

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ISBN 9781462530588
Published July 25, 2017 by Guilford Press
642 Pages

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Book Description

This definitive text, now revised and expanded, has introduced thousands of students and practitioners to the theory and practice of social work with groups. Leading authorities outline major models of group work and address critical issues in planning, implementing, and evaluating interventions. The Handbook describes applications in all the major practice settings--mental health, prevention, child welfare, substance abuse, health care, aging, corrections, and more--as well as organizational and community settings. A strong focus on empowerment, social justice, and diversity is woven throughout. The empirical foundations of group work are reviewed, and innovative research methods discussed.

New to This Edition:
*Incorporates over a decade of advances in the field
*Heightened focus on practitioner-researcher collaboration.
*Two chapters on substance abuse prevention with youth.
*Chapters on social justice work, evidence-based practice, offender reentry, intimate partner violence, intergroup dialogue, working with immigrants and refugees, qualitative methods, and intervention research.
*Major updates on existing topics, such as cognitive-behavioral group work, psychoeducational groups, health care settings, and technology-mediated groups.
*Integrative epilogue that synthesizes key themes.

Table of Contents

Introduction, Charles D. Garvin, Lorraine M. Gutiérrez, and Maeda J. Galinsky
I. Theoretical and Philosophical Foundations
1. Group Dynamics, Ronald W. Toseland
2. An Ecological/Systems/Seven C's Perspective on Group Practice, John E. Tropman
3. Social Group Work in a Global Context, Rebecca Smith, Justin Bucchio, & Barbara F. Turnage
4. An Empowerment Perspective, Margot Breton
5. Ethics and Values in Group Work, Allan E. Barsky & Helen Northen
6. Group Work and Socially Just Practice, R. M. Ortega
II. Principal Foundations of Group Practice Models
7. The Mutual Aid Model, Alex Gitterman
8. Cognitive-Behavioral Group Work, Richard Tolman & Craig W. LeCroy
III. Group Work Approaches Related to Purpose
9. Support and Self-Help Groups, Linda Farris Kurtz
10. Psychoeducational Groups, Jennifer Root
11. Social Work with Groups and Drug Abuse Prevention with Youth: Rich History and Untapped Potential, Flavio F. Marsiglia & Elizabeth Kiehne
IV. Group Work Approaches Related to Setting
12. Group Work in Health Care Settings, Brian L. Kelly
13. Evidence-Based Group Work in Mental Health Practice, Mary C. Ruffolo & Carolyn M. Maker
14. Involuntary Groups, Ronald Rooney & Michael Chovanec
15. Strengths-Based Group Work with Children and Adolescents, Andrew Malekoff
16. Group Work in Child Welfare, Barbara Rittner
17. Group-Based Approaches to Preventing Adolescent Substance Abuse: The State of Social Work Science, David Córdova, Francheska Alers-Rojas, Brian Perron, Christopher P. Salas-Wright, & Michael G. Vaughn
18. Groups for Older Adults, Ruth Campbell
19. Groups for Reducing Intergroup Conflicts, David Bargal
20. Group Interventions for Partner Abuse, Daniel G. Saunders
21. Group Work with Immigrants and Refugees, Izumi Sakamoto & Sidonia Couto
22. Intergroup Dialogue: Engaging Difference for Social Change, Biren (Ratnesh) A. Nagda
23. Group Work in the Shadow of Mass Incarceration, Reuben Jonathan Miller, Desmond Upton Patton, & Jorge Delva
V. Group Work in Organizational and Community Settings
24. Assessing and Strengthening Characteristics of Effective Groups in Community-Based Participatory Research Partnerships, Amy J. Schulz, Barbara A. Israel, & Paula Lantz
25. Participatory Research, Popular Education, and Popular Theatre: Contributions to Group Work, Janet L. Finn, Jillian Dean Campana, & Maxine Jacobson
26. Social Action Groups, Lee H. Staples
27. Group Process Dynamics and Skills in Interdisciplinary Teamwork, Laura R. Bronstein & Julie S. Abramson
28. Group Work with Working Groups, Paul H. Ephross, Thomas V. Vassil, & Steven R. Rose
VI. Group Work Research and Evaluation
29. Evaluation and Research Design, Larry M. Gant
30. Measurement Issues, Randy Magen
31. Qualitative Research, Susan Preston, Judy Hughes, & Michael R. Woodford
32. Intervention Research in Social Work with Groups, Mark J. Macgowan
VII. The Uses of Technology to Create Groups
33. Technology-Mediated Groups, Ronald Fitch
Epilogue, Charles D. Garvin, Lorraine M. Gutiérrez, and Maeda J. Galinsky

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Charles D. Garvin, PhD, is Professor Emeritus in the School of Social Work at the University of Michigan. His research interests include group work and social justice issues in social work. Dr Garvin is the author or editor of several books, including Group Work Research and Social Work and Social Justice, as well as many journal articles and book chapters, and served as coeditor of Small Group Research. A past chair and current board member of the International Association for Social Work with Groups, he is a recipient of the Significant Lifetime Achievement in Social Work Education Award from the Council on Social Work Education.
Lorraine M. Gutiérrez, PhD, is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor in the School of Social Work and the Department of Psychology at the University of Michigan, where she is also faculty associate in Latino Studies. Her teaching and scholarship focus on multicultural praxis in communities, organizations, and higher education. A Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Society for Community Research and Action, Dr. Gutiérrez is a member of the editorial team of the Journal of Community Practice.
Maeda J. Galinsky, PhD, is Kenan Distinguished Professor Emerita in the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has published widely in the area of group work theory, practice, and research, including articles on support groups, open-ended groups, and evaluation of innovative interventions. Dr. Galinsky has served on the editorial boards of Social Work with Groups, Small Group Research, American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, and Social Work Research, and on the board of the International Association for Social Work with Groups.


"Garvin, Gutiérrez, and Galinsky bring deep roots that span multiple dimensions of group work theory, practice, teaching, and research, making them a terrific team for developing--and now revising--this handbook. Their expertise is complemented by contributors who are true luminaries. The second edition's scope is impressive, and well suited for micro- to macro-oriented group work courses. It would also enrich the reading lists of courses on professional foundations, practice, research and evaluation, interprofessional contexts, and core social work commitments to engagement and social justice. Chapters emphasize the effectiveness of group work alongside attention to diversity, adding instructional value."--Paula S. Nurius, PhD, MSW, Grace Beals Ferguson Scholar, Professor, and Associate Dean for Transdisciplinary Scholarship, University of Washington School of Social Work

"This handbook takes a broad view of social work with groups, from concepts of group dynamics to interdisciplinary applications. In these uncertain times, the second edition's attention to ethical dilemmas, the marginalization and oppression of nonprivileged group members (familial to global), transformational leadership, and empowerment is especially relevant. As practitioners, we should embrace the concepts in this book as if our lives, and our clients' lives, depended on it."--Mary Joanne Kraus, PhD, LCSW, private practice, San Antonio, Texas

"This book is so thorough, solidly conceptualized, and cohesive that it will become the group worker’s 'go-to' resource--whether student or practitioner. The volume represents current thinking, research, and group work practice with clients across the lifespan and in many practice areas. Significant new content in the second edition includes chapters on group work with immigrants and refugees and other timely topics. I particularly appreciate the coverage of research-informed group work, which deepens and broadens the discourse on evidence-based practice, and community organization, which has disappeared from the curriculum of many social work schools. Group work practice is evolving to meet the needs of vulnerable and underserved communities in a volatile world. This volume provides a wellspring of data and practical information to help students and practitioners evolve as well."--Dana Grossman Leeman, PhD, MSW, Associate Dean for Online Education, Simmons College School of Social Work

"The second edition of this handbook enhances the scholarship on social work with groups in several significant ways. New and revised chapters respond thoughtfully and inclusively to the field's increased emphasis on the role of research evidence, the impact of technology, and the need to expand and clarify the theoretical base of group work practice. The book also takes an expansive view of the importance of collaboration and of cultural competence in both research and practice. This is an outstanding volume that should become part of all social workers' personal libraries."--Michael Reisch, PhD, MSW, Daniel Thursz Distinguished Professor of Social Justice, University of Maryland School of Social Work

"The second edition of this essential text surpasses its excellent predecessor in its breadth and depth. The editors and contributing authors guide readers into contemporary models of group theory, research, and practice across social welfare fields of service. The chapters highlighting new examples of the application of strength-based group work principles are particularly noteworthy. All who access the book will find valuable and pertinent information for our profession for years to come."--Edith A. Lewis, MSW, PhD, Associate Professor Emerita of Social Work and Women’s Studies, University of Michigan
-If there is a definitive textbook on social group work methods and theory written for students, practitioners, or clinical faculty, then this second edition of the Handbook of Social Work with Groups fits that definition extremely well….[It] highlights the most current leading practitioners and scholars who survey the breadth of current knowledge relative to current approaches to working with groups in many different settings and for a variety of purposes….This text is not only cutting-edge; it is practical, well written, and extremely well organized….As a practicing social group worker, this enhanced second edition of the handbook will be a valuable asset to further my practice and will surely help anyone who wishes to incorporate its lessons, cogent state-of-the-art thinking, and evidenced based research to advance their own social group work skills.--Social Work with Groups, 10/8/2018ƒƒA comprehensive compilation of knowledge about social work with groups written by many of the field's leading authors. The editors are noted social work authors and educators and they have produced a wonderful resource....Students will welcome the rich scholarship and the convenience and affordability of this text....Will undoubtedly be included in the libraries of many students, educators, and practitioners for generations to come. (on the first edition)--Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 1/1/2005ƒƒThis encompassing collection reminds us how vital the healing of group work can be and how powerful it is in creating change in individuals and in communities. Editors...present a broad view of this domain in social work, offering a range of practice models....A rich resource for students as well as scholars. (on the first edition)--Social Work Forum, 3/1/2004