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Social Justice in Group Work

Practical Interventions for Change

Edited by Anneliese A. Singh, Carmen F. Salazar

© 2011 – Routledge

232 pages

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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.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Process and Action in Social Justice Group Work Anneliese A. Singh and Carmen F. Salazar

1. The Roots of Social Justice in Group Work Anneliese A. Singh and Carmen F. Salazar

Social Justice-Focused Group Interventions with Diverse Populations

Community Settings

2. Mbizi: Empowerment and HIV/AIDS Prevention for Adolescent Girls in Botswana Amy Nitza, Bagele Chilisa, and Veronica Makwinja-Morara

3. Promoting Distributive Justice for Intimate Partner Violence Survivors with Group Intervention Krista M. Chronister and M. Meghan Davidson

4. Justice Making in Groups for Homeless Adults: The Emancipatory Communitarian Way Michael D. Brubaker, Michael Tlanusta Garrett, Edil Torres Rivera, and Kevin Tate

5. Group Work with Transgender Clients lore m. dickey and Michael Loewy

6. Assisting Unemployed Adults Find Suitable Work: A Group Intervention Embedded in Community and Grounded in Social Action Christine Suniti Bhat

7. Using Social Justice Group Work with Young Mothers who Experience Homelessness Angela D. Coker, Dixie Meyer, Rachelle Smith, and Amber Price

8. Honoring the Ways of American Indian Women: A Group Therapy Intervention Paula McWhirter, Rockey Robbins, Karen Vaughn, Natalie Youngbull, Derek Burks, Sadie Willmon-Haque, Suzan Schuetz, Joyce Brandes, and Andrea Zainab Omidy Nael

School Settings

9. Advancing Social Justice in Urban Schools through the Implementation of Transformative Groups for Youths of Color Richard Q. Shin, Jennifer Rogers, Amalia Stanciu, Melany Silas, Claudette Brown-Smythe, and Brenda Austin

10. Professional School Counselors as Social Justice Advocates for Undocumented Immigrant Students in Group Work Eric C. Chen, Linda Budianto, and Kimberly Wong

Addressing Power, Privilege and Oppression in Group Work

11. Applying Social Justice to Oppression and Marginalization in Group Process: Interventions and Strategies for Group Counselors Theodore R. Burnes and Katherine L. Ross

12. The Dimensions of Social Justice Model: Transforming Traditional Group Work into a Socially Just Framework Manivong J. Ratts, Loni Anthony, and KristiAnna Nicole T. Santos

13. A Two-Fold Unveiling: Unmasking Classism in Group Work Kathryn S. Newton

14. Using Group Work Strategies to Continue the National Discussion on Race, Justice, and Peace Krista Malott, Scott Schaefle, William Conwill, Jennifer Cates, Judy Daniels, and Michael D’Andrea

15. Asian International Students in Counseling Programs: A Group Intervention to Promote Social Justice Edward A. Delgado-Romero and Yi-Chen Wu

Training and Supervision of Social Justice-Minded Group Leaders

16. The Experiences of School Counselors-in-Training in Group Work with LGBTQ Adolescents Kristopher M. Goodrich and Melissa Luke

17. Using a Cohort Model for School Counselor Preparation to Enhance Commitment to Social Justice Pamela Paisley, Deryl Bailey, Richard Hayes, George H. McMahon, and Marc Grimmett

18. Social Justice and Cultural Responsiveness: Innovative Teaching Strategies for Group Work Farah A. Ibrahim

19. Supervision of Group Work: Infusing the Spirit of Social Justice Delini M. Fernando and Barbara R. Herlihy

Present Perspectives and Future Directions

20. Integrating Social Justice in Group Work: The Next Decade Danica G. Hays, Patricia Arredondo, Samuel T. Gladding, and Rebecca L. Toporek

21. Conclusion: Six Considerations for Social Justice Group Work Anneliese A. Singh and Carmen F. Salazar

About the Editors

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.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Services
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Discrimination & Race Relations
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Poverty & Homelessness
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Children's Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Violence in Society