1st Edition

Social Justice in Group Work Practical Interventions for Change

Edited By Anneliese Singh, Carmen Salazar Copyright 2011

    This book spotlights the unique contribution of the Journal for Specialists in Group Work to the social justice literature, and of group work to a social justice agenda. Although the term social justice may be relatively new in the counseling and psychology literature, the underlying values - attention to inequities, advocacy, and empowerment strategies for members of marginalized and oppressed populations – are not new in group work. Group leaders have been attending to these concerns all along, and group work itself is an ideal venue for the realization of social justice concerns. However, until now there has been a limited amount of scholarship on group work with a stated focus on social justice.

    This groundbreaking book emphasizes action through a practical approach, featuring research and case studies of social justice group work in community and school settings. Chapters highlight how group workers infuse social justice consciousness into their work, address social justice issues, and implement social justice practice. Authors review the history, practice, and future opportunities for social justice advocacy within group modalities. They also address guidelines for the training and supervision of practitioners engaging in social justice group work.

    This book was published as a special issue of the Journal for Specialists in Group Work.

    1. Introduction  Anneliese A. Singh, PhD (The University of Georgia) and Carmen F. Salazar PhD (Texas A&M University-Commerce)

    2. Looking Back: The Roots of Social Justice in Group Work  Anneliese A. Singh, PhD (The University of Georgia) and Carmen F. Salazar PhD (Texas A&M University-Commerce)

    Social Justice-Focused Group Interventions with Diverse Populations

    Community Settings

    3. Empowering Adolescent Girls in Botswana through Group Work: A Response to the HIV/AIDS Epidemic  Amy Nitza, PhD (Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne), Bagele Chilisa, EdD, and Veronica Makwinja-Morara, EdD (University of Botswana)

    4. Promoting Distributive Justice for Domestic Violence Survivors through Group Intervention  Krista Chronister, PhD and Meghan Davidson, PhD (University of Oregon)

    5. Justice Making in Groups for Homeless Adults: The Emancipatory Communitarian Way  Michael Brubaker, Michael T. Garrett, PhD, Kevin Tate, and Edil Torres Rivera, PhD (University of Florida)

    6. Group Work, Group Supervision, and Social Justice in Post-Disaster Emergency Mental Health Situations  Fred Bemak, PhD, Rita Chi-Ying Chung, PhD, and Taryn Weisbrod (George Mason University)

    7. Group Work with Transgender Clients  Lore M. Dickey, MA and Michael Loewy, PhD (University of North Dakota)

    8. Two Models of Group Therapy for Women of Color  Ellen L. Short, PhD and Wendi S. Williams, PhD (Long Island University)

    9. Using Groups to Assist Chronically Unemployed and Disadvantaged Adults to
    Find Suitable Work  Christine Suniti Bhat, Ph.D. (Ohio University)

    10. Using Social Justice Group Work to Empower Pregnant Homeless Women: Perspectives on Developing Multicultural Competencies  Angela D. Coker, PhD, Dixie Meyer, PhD, Rachelle Smith,MS, and Amber Price, MS (University of Missouri – St. Louis)

    11. Honoring the Ways of American Indian Women: A Group Therapy Model  Paula McWhirter, PhD and Rockey Robbins, PhD (The University of Oklahoma), Karen Vaughn, Derek Burke, Sadie Willmon-Haque, LCSW, and Suzan Schutz (The Oklahoma City Indian Clinic)

    12. Neither Here nor There: A Model for Group Counseling with Newly Arrived Immigrant Adolescent Males  Selma D. Yznaga, PhD and Andres Tapia, MEd (The University of Texas at Brownsville)

    School Settings

    13. Advancing Social Justice in Urban Schools through the Implementation of Transformative Groups for African American Youth  Richard Q. Shin, PhD, Jennifer Rogers, MA, Melany Silas, MA, Claudette Smythe-Brown, BA, Amalia Stanciu, MA, and Brenda Austin, BA (Syracuse University)

    14. School Counselors as Social Justice Advocates for Undocumented Immigrant Students  Eric C. Chen, PhD, Lina Budianto, and Kimberly Wong, BA (Fordham University)

    Addressing Power, Privilege and Oppression in Group Work

    15. Applying Social Justice to Inter-Group Member Oppression and Marginalization: Interventions and Strategies for Group Counselors  Theodore R. Burnes, PhD. and Katherine L. Ross, MS (University of Pennsylvania)

    16. Microaggression Empowerment Groups Hugh Crethar, PhD and Olivia Leeker, MS  (Oklahoma State University)

    17. A Pragmatic View of Social Justice Counseling: Infusing Social Justice Principles and Advocacy Strategies into Stages of Group Work  Manivong Ratts, PhD and KristiAnna Santos (Seattle University)

    18. A Two-Fold Unveiling—Unmasking Classism in Group Work  Kathryn S. Newton, PhD (Shippensburg University)

    19. Using Group Work Strategies to Continue the National Discussion on Race, Justice, and Peace  Krista Malott, PhD (Villanova University), Scott Schaefle (Central Washington University), and William Conwill PhD (University of Florida), Jennifer Cates, MS Judy Daniels, EdD, and Michael D’Andrea, PhD (University of Hawaii)

    20. International Students in Counseling Programs: A Group Intervention to Promote Social Justice  Edward A. Delgado-Romero, PhD and Yi-Chen Jenny Wu, EdS NCC (University of Georgia)

    Theoretical Perspectives; Training and Supervision of Social-Justice Minded Group Leaders

    21. Relational-Cultural Theory: A Framework for Relational Competencies and Social Change  Dana L. Comstock, PhD, LPC (St. Mary’s University), Stacee Reicherzer, PhD, LPC, NCC (Walden University), and Tonya Hammer, MA(St. Mary’s University)

    22. A Model of Group Counseling to Prepare School Counselors-in Training for Effective Work with LGBTQ Students  Kristopher Goodrich, PhD and Melissa Luke, PhD (Syracuse University)

    23. Using a Cohort Model for School Counselor Preparation to Enhance Commitment to Social Justice  Pamela O. Paisley, EdD, LPC, NCC, Deryl F. Bailey, PhD and George McMahon, PhD, LPC (Georgia State University), Marc A. Grimmett, PhD (North Carolina State University), and Richard Hayes (University of South Alabama)

    24. Innovative Teaching Strategies for Group Work: Addressing Cultural Responsiveness and Social Justice  Farah Ibrahim, PhD (University of Colorado, Denver)

    25. Supervision of Group Work: The Spirit of Social Justice in the Mutual Influencing Process  Delini M. Fernando PhD (University of North Texas) and Barbara R. Herlihy PhD (University of New Orleans)

    Visions for the Future

    26. Integrating Social Justice in Group Work: The Next Decade  Danica G. Hays, PhD, LPC (Old Dominion University), Patricia Arredondo, PhD (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee), Samuel T. Gladding, PhD (Wake Forest University), and Rebecca A. Toporek, PhD (San Francisco State University)

    27. Practical Interventions in Group Work Practice, Training, and Supervision: Next Steps  Anneliese A. Singh, PhD (The University of Georgia) and Carmen F. Salazar, PhD (Texas A&M University-Commerce)


    Anneliese A. Singh is an assistant professor in the Department of Counseling and Human Development Services at The University of Georgia. Her research, clinical, and advocacy interests include: LGBTQQ youth and adults, Asian American/Pacific Islander counseling and psychology, multicultural counseling and social justice training, qualitative methodology feminist theory and practice, and empowerment interventions with survivors of trauma. Dr. Singh is the Past-President of the Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling. She is the chair of the ASGW Human Rights and Social Justice committee. Dr. Singh is a co-author of Qualitative Inquiry in Counseling and Education.

    Carmen F. Salazar is an associate professor in the Department of Counseling, Texas A&M University-Commerce. She has published extensively on such topics as multiple cultural identities, professional development of racial and ethnic minority counseling faculty, diversity-competent group leadership, and mentoring in counselor education. Dr. Salazar served as co-chair of the Association for Specialists in Group Work Human Rights and Diversity committee (2003-2009) and is now serving on the ASGW executive board as Treasurer (2009-2012). Her most recent book is Group Work Experts Share Their Favorite Multicultural Activities: A Guide to Diversity-Competent Choosing, Planning, Conducting, and Processing.