An Introduction to Group Work Practice (7th Edition) by Ronald W. Toseland, Robert F. Rivas

By Ronald W. Toseland, Robert F. Rivas

This comprehenisve group perform textual content prepares students to paintings with both therapy or activity orientated teams, this comprehensive revised variation bargains the main up to date study to be had and keeps to emphasize the significance of constructing talents in group-work.


 Students obtain a radical grounding in components that change from therapy to organizational and group settings. various case reviews, perform examples, and guiding ideas upload to the benefit and clarity of this well known text.  content material is tied to CSWE's middle capabilities and perform behaviors which are invaluable for generalist and really good social paintings perform with groups.

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Workers who use this approach focus on group discussion and group activities rather than on didactic methods. Community center workers often use this approach to attract and hold the interest of members who participate in educational groups for personal enjoyment and enrichment. Growth Groups Growth-oriented groups offer opportunities for members to become aware of, expand, and change their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors regarding themselves and others. The group is used as a vehicle to develop members’ capabilities to the fullest.

Communication in growth groups is member-centered and highly interactive. ­In-depth self-disclosure is expected, with members encouraged to reveal more about themselves as they become comfortable with their participation in the group. Therapy Groups Therapy groups help members change their behavior, cope with and ameliorate personal problems, or rehabilitate themselves after physical, psychological, or social trauma. ­Although there is often an emphasis on support, therapy groups are distinguished from support groups by their focus on remediation and rehabilitation.

Members of self-help groups are sometimes wary of professional involvement because they fear it will compromise the autonomy and confidentiality of the group. This is particularly true of self-help groups, such as Parents Anonymous, in which members share concerns about child abuse or neglect—situations often considered socially stigmatizing. Most evidence, however, suggests that there are strong connections between selfhelp support groups and professionals and that both professionals and lay leaders benefit by cooperating with each other (Kurtz, 2004, 2014; Powell, 1987; Toseland & Hacker, 1982, 1985).

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