An Experiential Approach to Group Work

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9781933478616: An Experiential Approach to Group Work

This book is different from most group work books in its emphasis on practical skill building and experiential learning. In this book, students and practitioners will find dozens of exercises that build practice-tested skills related to important aspects of group work practice. A benefit of this experiential, skill-based approach is that it meshes with the competency-based approach, which will likely become the standard for accreditation over the next several years.

Features: Organized into three parts which address stages of group practice, major types of groups, and examples of group work practice with special populations; Contains customized exercises for each group work topic, designed to build the student and practitioner s skills for use in group work sessions; Special emphasis on how to bring individual sessions or groups to closure; Provides examples of group work in specialized settings: conflict resolution groups within elementary schools, pregnant teens, Latinos, and HIV/AIDS clients

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Rich Furman, (PhD, Yeshiva University, MSW, University of Pennsylvania) is associate professor and director of social work at the University of Washington, Tacoma. Professor Furman is the author of Practical Tips for Publishing Scholarly Articles: Writing and Publishing in the Helping Professions, and coauthor of Navigating Human Service Organizations. He has written over 100 articles, chapters, and books on social work practice with transnational Latino populations and the role of the arts and humanities in social work practice, education, and research. Professor Furman teaches direct practice courses, with a special focus on group work. He has many years of experience engaging in clinical, macro, and educational groups.

Diana Rowan (PhD, University of Texas at Arlington, MSW, Our Lady of the Lake University) is MSW program coordinator at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She has fifteen years of clinical social work practice experience and has conducted group work in chemical dependency, inpatient psychiatric, correctional, and private practice settings, and with specific populations such as people living with HIV/AIDS and people with chronic mental illness.
Kimberly Bender (PhD, University of Texas at Austin, MSW, Colorado State University) is assistant professor at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work, where she studies methods for improving services and developing empirically based interventions for adolescents at risk of problem behavior. She has published peer-reviewed articles on youth with co-occurring disorders, runaway/homeless youths, and maltreated adolescents. Professor Bender has provided group treatment to youths in a variety of clinical settings including residential treatment, inpatient units, and outpatient mental health centers.

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