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Group Work Skills and Strategies for Effective Interventions

ISBN-10: 0789007401
ISBN-13: 9780789007407
Edition: 2nd 1999 (Revised)
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Description: Featuring a glossary of group games and exercises, case studies, and excerpts from group discussions, this book examines the diverse options available to practitioners and clinicians. Brandler (social work, College of Staten Island of the City  More...

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Book details

List price: $62.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 6/7/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 364
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.386

Featuring a glossary of group games and exercises, case studies, and excerpts from group discussions, this book examines the diverse options available to practitioners and clinicians. Brandler (social work, College of Staten Island of the City University, NY) and Roman, a group consultant in New York City, discuss effective strategies such as establishing guidelines, structures, and goals; helping the group translate nonverbal expressions of similar feelings; and how to end groups properly, ensuring that progress with be maintained.

Preface
Introduction
Mutual Aid
Group Cohesion
Catharsis
Mastery
Models
Group Phases
Use of Self
In the Beginning
The Members' Issues
The Worker's Role: Use of Self and Issues of Authority
Role of the Worker: Beginning Tasks and Issues for the Group
Contracting
Engagement
Trusting and Testing
Moving from the Concrete to the Thematic
Conclusion
In the Middle
The Members' Issues
The Worker's Role: Use of Self and Issues of Authority
The Group As Mother
Working on a Shared Problem
Obstacles
Confrontation
Conclusion
Endings
The Members' Issues
The Worker's Role: Use of Self and Issues of Authority
Termination of a Member: A Group Issue
Lost in Feelings
Staving with Feelings
Termination and Regression
Conclusion
Group Planning
Needs Assessment
Purpose
Composition
Structure
Content
Pregroup Contacts
Agency Context
Planning a Group for Persons with AIDS
Conclusion
The Use of Programming in Groups
Manipulating Aspects of Activities to Meet Clients' Needs
The Group Mural
Saying Good-Bye
Acting Out Feelings
Use of the Small Group in Large Group Settings
Conclusion
Manifest and Latent Content
Use of Self: The Worker's Role As Authority
Tuning In to Nonverbal Cues
Acting Out Feelings
Following a Theme
Growing by Respecting the Message of the Group
Clarifying Communication
Symbolic Expression
The Hunger Artist
Confronting Acting-Out Behavior and Powerful Latent Themes
Introduction
Powerful Angry Feelings
Confrontation in Beginnings
Tips on Confronting
Avoiding Confrontation
Worker's Confrontation with Self
Using Humor in Groups
The Absurdity of Suffering
We Can Either Laugh or Cry
I Am What I Am
Getting the Message Through
Laughing Through Our Tears
Special Practice Issues
Special Structures
Co-Therapy
A Cooperative Effort
Parallel Process
Working Out Irreconcilable Differences
Dealing with Problematic Situations
Scapegoating
Differences and Sameness: The Use of Self
Conclusion
Value Dilemmas in Group Practice
Matters of Confidentiality
Individual versus Individual and Individual versus Group
Group versus Agency
Groups As Reflective of Democratic Process
Positions of Professionals Dealing with Ethical Issues Expressed in Groups
Conclusion
Glossary of Group Games and Exercises
Activities for Use in Beginnings
Activities for Use in Middles
Activities for Use in Endings
Additional Programmatic Material
Bibliography
Index

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