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Here is an important look at creative ways to successfully blend theoretical knowledge with skillful intervention in social group work. Theory and Practice in Social Group Work represents leading works in conceptual development that creatively connect practice with theory and also reflect the current diversity of interventions in group work practice. The book calls for more carefully articulated connections between knowledge and action and maps a strategy for strengthening social work curriculum and expanding group work practice. Some of the areas discussed include group work in medical and health settings, group work with people undergoing life cycle transitions, and group work interventions with vulnerable populations. A wide range of possibilities for applying theories in group work situations are presented in this thought-provoking volume. Some specific examples discussed include group work interventions with persons affected by the AIDS crisis and persons at high risk of contracting HIV, a group model for the management of chronic pain, group intervention services for the homeless mentally ill delivered through a mobile outreach team, a bingo group in an SRO hotel, group work with adults molested as children, and a model of practice for work with minority populations and communities.
Table of Contents
I. Theory, Practice, and Education
Creative Connections Between Theory and Practice
All Lives Are Connected to Other Lives: The Meaning of Social Group Work
Maximizing the Potential of Social Group Work Method
Issues in Education for Social Work With Groups
Social Work With Groups in Health Settings: Past, Present, and Future
Content and Process Issues in a Pain Management Group Using Cognitive-Behavioral Interventions
Group Therapy With People With AIDS/Kaposi’s Sarcoma
AIDS Anxiety: Techniques and Skills With a Worried-Well Group
III. Practice and Intervention
Group Work With the Homeless Mentally Ill: In Shelters, Drop-In Centers, and SRO Hotels
Group Treatment for Adults Molested as Children: An Educational and Therapeutic Approach
Group Work for Parents, Siblings, and Relatives of Developmentally Delayed Children
IV. Transitions in Life
Self-Help Socialization Groups for Adolescents in Residential Treatment
Facilitating Adult Life Transitions Through Usee of Groups
V. Vulnerable Populations and Communities
Parameters of Group Work: A Model of Practice With Reference to Minority Populations
An Exploratory Model for Group Work With Refugees and Immigrants
Advancing Community Group Work Theory Through Action-Research
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