1st Edition

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

    272 Pages
    by Routledge

    276 Pages
    by Routledge

    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!

    • 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’ Intere


    N. Sullivan, L. Mitchell, D. Goodman, N.C. Lang, E.S. Mesbur