Group Work: A Humanistic and Skills Building Approach

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Urania Glassman
SAGE Publications, Oct 8, 2008 - Social Science - 300 pages
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A book that supports the human spirit and the humanistic visions of those who champion personal and social change through the social work group....

The Second Edition of Group Work: A Humanistic and Skills Building Approach identifies the humanistic values and democratic norms that guide the group practitioner s interventions. The book presents seven stage themes of group development, 29 techniques for group work practice, and more than 60 new illustrations from contemporary group work. The Second Edition remains centered on the role of the social group work practitioner, who employs group work methods to further the personal growth and empowerment of members in community and institutional contexts.

Features of the Second Edition:

· Offers 29 new descriptions of group work practice techniques, which have applicability in clinical, support, and organizational groups

· Provides seven stage themes of group development, describing member reactions and highlighting worker pitfalls, self-awareness issues, and skills for maximizing member growth within each stage

· Presents 60 new illustrations of group meetings, which demonstrate the practitioner role and conclude with discussion and analysis

· Includes an updated Chapter 10, which highlights ethical values in mental health, substance abuse treatment, and health care groups

Intended Audience

This is an ideal core text for advance undergraduate and graduate courses such as Group Work, Foundation Practice, Skills of Counseling, and Group Dynamics in the fields of social work, psychology, and counseling.

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About the author (2008)

Urania Glassman, DSW, LCSW, has been Director of Field Instruction at Wurzweiler School of Social Work of Yeshiva University since 1993. She has authored many articles on group work and field education, and has been presenting on these topics at national and international conferences for three decades. She has been involved with the Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups since it convened its first Group Work Symposium in Cleveland in 1979, and was co-founder of the NY Red Apple Chapter of AASWG. She consults to agencies on group work, field education, and staff supervision. She co-chaired the School’s three day 50th Anniversary Conference in 2007.

Her role in field education includes developing and co-chairing the Field Symposium at the Council on Social Work Education, and the North American Network of Field Educators and Directors -- NANFED. She sits on the CSWE Commission on Curriculum and Educational Innovation -- COCEI. Her most recent paper is, “Field Education as the Signature Pedagogy of Social Work.”

Dr. Glassman was on the Adelphi University School of Social Work faculty, as Director of Field Instruction. She chaired the group work and foundation practice sequences, and taught group work, foundation practice, casework, and the seminar in field instruction.

Her thirteen year staff role at the House Plan Association of the City College of New York included its directorship. This unique multi-faceted group work student activities program revolved around small friendship groups developed by student leaders and supervised by professionals. A group dynamics design included human relations training programs to enhance student development.

Dr. Glassman has her M.A. from Columbia Teachers College, her MSW and DSW from Adelphi University SSW. Her private practice is with individuals, groups, and families.

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