Handbook of Social Work with Groups 2/e


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This definitive text, now revised and expanded, has introduced thousands of students and practitioners to the theory and practice of social work with groups. Leading authorities outline major models of group work and address critical issues in planning, implementing, and evaluating interventions.

The Handbook describes applications in all the major practice settings–mental health, prevention, child welfare, substance abuse, health care, aging, corrections, and more–as well as organizational and community settings. A strong focus on empowerment, social justice, and diversity is woven throughout. The empirical foundations of group work are reviewed, and innovative research methods discussed.

New to This Edition:

  • Incorporates over a decade of advances in the field
  • Heightened focus on practitioner-researcher collaboration.
  • Two chapters on substance abuse prevention with youth.
  • Chapters on social justice work, evidence-based practice, offender re-entry, intimate partner violence, intergroup dialogue, working with immigrants and refugees, qualitative methods, and intervention research.
  • Major updates on existing topics, such as cognitive-behavioural group work, psychoeducational groups, health care settings, and technology-mediated groups.
  • Integrative epilogue that synthesizes key themes.


  • Introduction,
  • I. Theoretical and Philosophical Foundations
  • 1. Group Dynamics, Ronald W. Toseland
  • 2. An Ecological/Systems/Seven C’s Perspective on Group Practice, John E. Tropman
  • 3. Social Group Work in a Global Context, Rebecca Smith, Justin Bucchio, & Barbara F. Turnage
  • 4. An Empowerment Perspective, Margot Breton
  • 5. Ethics and Values in Group Work, Allan E. Barsky & Helen Northen
  • 6. Group Work and Socially Just Practice, R. M. Ortega
  • II. Principal Foundations of Group Practice Models
  • 7. The Mutual Aid Model, Alex Gitterman
  • 8. Cognitive-Behavioral Group Work, Richard Tolman & Craig W. LeCroy
  • III. Group Work Approaches Related to Purpose
  • 9. Support and Self-Help Groups, Linda Farris Kurtz
  • 10. Psychoeducational Groups, Jennifer Root
  • 11. Social Work with Groups and Drug Abuse Prevention with Youth: Rich History and Untapped Potential, Flavio F. Marsiglia & Elizabeth Kiehne
  • IV. Group Work Approaches Related to Setting
  • 12. Group Work in Health Care Settings, Brian L. Kelly
  • 13. Evidence-Based Group Work in Mental Health Practice, Mary C. Ruffolo & Carolyn M. Maker
  • 14. Involuntary Groups, Ronald Rooney & Michael Chovanec
  • 15. Strengths-Based Group Work with Children and Adolescents, Andrew Malekoff
  • 16. Group Work in Child Welfare, Barbara Rittner
  • 17. Group-Based Approaches to Preventing Adolescent Substance Abuse: The State of Social Work Science, David CA(3)rdova, Francheska Alers-Rojas, Brian Perron, Christopher P. Salas-Wright, & Michael G. Vaughn
  • 18. Groups for Older Adults, Ruth Campbell
  • 19. Groups for Reducing Intergroup Conflicts, David Bargal
  • 20. Group Interventions for Partner Abuse, Daniel G. Saunders
  • 21. Group Work with Immigrants and Refugees, Izumi Sakamoto & Sidonia Couto
  • 22. Intergroup Dialogue: Engaging Difference for Social Change, Biren (Ratnesh) A. Nagda
  • 23. Group Work in the Shadow of Mass Incarceration, Reuben Jonathan Miller, Desmond Upton Patton, & Jorge Delva
  • V. Group Work in Organizational and Community Settings
  • 24. Assessing and Strengthening Characteristics of Effective Groups in Community-Based Participatory Research Partnerships, Amy J. Schulz, Barbara A. Israel, & Paula Lantz
  • 25. Participatory Research, Popular Education, and Popular Theatre: Contributions to Group Work, Janet L. Finn, Jillian Dean Campana, & Maxine Jacobson
  • 26. Social Action Groups, Lee H. Staples
  • 27. Group Process Dynamics and Skills in Interdisciplinary Teamwork, Laura R. Bronstein & Julie S. Abramson
  • 28. Group Work with Working Groups, Paul H. Ephross, Thomas V. Vassil, & Steven R. Rose
  • VI. Group Work Research and Evaluation
  • 29. Evaluation and Research Design, Larry M. Gant
  • 30. Measurement Issues, Randy Magen
  • 31. Qualitative Research, Susan Preston, Judy Hughes, & Michael R. Woodford
  • 32. Intervention Research in Social Work with Groups, Mark J. Macgowan
  • VII. The Uses of Technology to Create Groups
  • 33. Technology-Mediated Groups, Ronald Fitch
  • Epilogue, Charles D. Garvin, Lorraine M. Gutierrez, and Maeda J. Galinsky