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Social Work with Groups
Social Justice Through Personal, Community, and Societal Change

ISBN 9780789018168
Published December 26, 2002 by Routledge
276 Pages

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Book Description

Help change the world by bringing ideas of social justice into your group work practice!

Social workers who use hip-hop music to reach out to troubled adolescents. Practitioners who compare First Nations talking circles with social work practice with groups. A retired professor who transforms the way her fellow senior living center residents participate in their world. Fathers of children with spina bifida who help one another through an online discussion group. These and other examples you’ll discover in Social Work with Groups: Social Justice Through Personal, Community, and Societal Change will help you to assist groups to gain a sense of empowerment and create change in their own lives and communities.

In Social Work with Groups: Social Justice Through Personal, Community, and Societal Change you’ll also find:

  • definitions of social justice within the context of social work
  • a proposal to help focus on social justice in teaching
  • guidelines for group facilitators making decisions about self-disclosure
  • studies of innovative group work
  • discussion of the challenges to achieving social justice in group work
  • valuable ways to ground social group work in rich cultural traditions
This new book rides the crest of the growing wave of justice in social work with groups. Culled from the proceedings of the 22nd International Symposium of the Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups, it gives you the innovations and current thinking of professionals who, while coming from different cultural and professional backgrounds, are focused on helping all people enjoy the same rights and opportunities. If you want to use group work to challenge social inequality, Social Work with Groups will be a welcome addition to your library. Social action that gets results has to start somewhere—let it begin with you!

Table of Contents

  • About the Editors
  • Contributors
  • Foreword
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Section I: Social Justice and Social Work with Groups
  • Chapter 1. Social Justice: A Global Perspective
  • Chapter 2. Social Justice and Social Work with Groups: Fragile—Handle with Care
  • Introduction: An Image of Fragility
  • Fragility and Injustice
  • Group Practice As Social Justice Practice
  • Conclusion: An Image of Practice
  • Chapter 3. The Meaning, Scope, and Context of the Concept of Social Justice in Social Work with Groups
  • Distributive Justice
  • Procedural Justice
  • Retributive Justice
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 4. Current Innovations in Social Work with Groups to Address Issues of Social Justice
  • Examples of Innovative Practice
  • Barriers
  • Opportunities
  • What’s to Be Done?
  • Section II: Social Justice in Theory for Social Work with Groups
  • Chapter 5. Group Work and Social Justice: Rhetoric or Actions?
  • State of the Art
  • Historical Context
  • The Debate and Arguments
  • The Current Social Scene
  • Universality of Social Justice
  • Toward a Definition of Justice
  • Value Premises of Social Justice
  • Values in Conflict
  • Scapegoating
  • Transforming Images
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 6. Social Group Work, Social Justice
  • The Meanings of Social Justice in Social Work
  • The Social Goals Model
  • Practice Examples
  • Summary
  • Chapter 7. Culturally Grounded Approaches to Social Justice Through Social Work with Groups
  • Introduction
  • Globalization, Social Justice, and Social Work
  • A Culturally Grounded Approach
  • Group Work
  • Chapter 8. Social Work with Groups, Mutual Aid, and Social Justice
  • Section III: Social Justice in the Practice of Social Work with Groups
  • Chapter 9. Meet Them in The Lab: Using Hip-Hop Music Therapy Groups with Adolescents in Residential Settings
  • The Needs of Adolescents in Care
  • The Use of Group Members’ Interests in Programming
  • Hip-Hop Culture
  • The Lab Group Work Program Model: Activity-Centered Therapy (ACT)
  • Setting Up The Lab
  • Who Is in The Lab?
  • The Lab in Action
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 10. Talking Circles: A Traditional Form of Group Work
  • Chapter 11. New Perspectives in Group Work for Working with Sexually Abused African-American Children
  • Child Sexual Abuse: Race, Culture, and Ethnicity
  • An Africentric Group Work Model for Working with African-American Girls
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 12. Worker Self-Disclosure in Group Work
  • Introduction
  • Defining Self-Disclosure
  • Social Group Work
  • Conclusions
  • Chapter 13. Meals Made Easy: A Group Program at a Food Bank for Parents of Young Children
  • Introduction
  • Setting and Methodology
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Summary and Conclusions
  • Chapter 14. A Social Group Worker As a Resident in an Independent Living Facility
  • Introduction
  • Interest Groups
  • Support Groups
  • Discussion Groups
  • Task Groups
  • Service to the Community
  • Outcomes
  • Chapter 15. From Fragile to Wild: Group Work As the Transforming Element in Redressing Social Inequities for Older Women
  • The Context
  • Consciousness-Building Groups
  • Competency-Building Groups
  • Social Capital-Building Groups
  • Community-Building Groups
  • Full Citizenship-Building Groups
  • Worker Roles
  • Conclusion
  • Section IV: Social Justice in Social Work Education and Research for Social Work with Groups
  • Chapter 16. Group Passage to the Profession: The Field Seminar in Social Work Education
  • Introduction
  • Field Education and Professional Development
  • Field Seminar As a Group Experience
  • Field Seminar Journey
  • Concluding Comments
  • Chapter 17. Justice in Teaching: Teaching As Group Work
  • Constructivist Paradigm of Teaching and Learning
  • Rationale for Constructivist Teaching Methods in Social Work Education
  • Grounded Dis

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