Handbook of Social Work with Groups

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Charles D. Garvin, Lorraine Margot Guti?rrez, Maeda J. Galinsky
Guilford Publications, Feb 24, 2004 - Social Science - 527 pages
Surveying the breadth of current knowledge, this comprehensive handbook describes current approaches to working with groups in many different settings and for a variety of purposes. Leading practitioners and scholars outline major theories of group work and address contemporary issues in designing and evaluating interventions. Illustrated are the ways groups are used to help people address personal problems, cope with disabilities, strengthen families and communities, resolve conflict, achieve social change, and more. For each application discussed, chapters provide practical, how-to-do-it information; review the relevant research base; evaluate the approach from the standpoint of empowerment; and consider the applicability of principles and methods for work with diverse populations. Special topics addressed include future directions in group work and the uses of new communication technologies.

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Charles D. Garvin, PhD, is Professor Emeritus at the School of Social Work of the University of Michigan. He is the author or coauthor of Contemporary Group Work, Interpersonal Practice in Social Work, Social Work in Contemporary Society, and Generalist Practice: A Task-Centered Approach, and the coeditor of The Handbook of Social Work Direct Practice and Integrating Knowledge and Practice: The Case of Social Work and Social Science, among other works. His current research focuses on the use of group work to reduce tensions among ethnic groups and to enhance the functioning of people suffering from severe mental illness.

Lorraine M. Guti?rrez, PhD, is Professor at the School of Social Work and the Department of Psychology at the University of Michigan. Her teaching and research focus on multicultural and community organization practice. Dr. Gutierrez's current projects include identifying methods for multicultural community-based research and practice, defining multicultural education for social work practice, and identifying effective methods for learning about social justice.

Maeda J. Galinsky, PhD, is Kenan Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she has taught social group practice at the School of Social Work for about 40 years. Dr. Galinsky is co-principal investigator of the Making Choices Project, a program aimed at the prevention of violence in elementary school children. She is currently a board member of the International Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups.

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