This comprehensive revised edition offers the most up-to-date research available and continues to stress the importance of developing skills in group-work. Students receive a thorough grounding in areas that vary from treatment to organizational and community settings. Numerous case studies, practice examples, and guiding principles add to the ease and readability of this popular text. Content is tied to the competencies needed for generalist and specialized social work practice with groups. Features Create a Custom Text: For enrollments of at least 25, create your own textbook by combining chapters from best-selling Pearson textbooks and/or reading selections in the sequence you want. To begin building your custom text, visit You may also work with a dedicated Pearson Custom editor to create your ideal text–publishing your own original content or mixing and matching Pearson content. Contact your Pearson Publisher’s Representative to get started. Provides a thorough grounding in group dynamics and working with people in both task- and treatment-oriented groups, in a variety of settings. Chapters on the history of groups, group dynamics, group leadership, and diversity help the reader build a solid knowledge base about groups. Chapters in Part II follow the order of the group development stage model used in social work (planning, beginning, assessing, middle , ending, and evaluating) and provide useful practice skills for students working with groups in each stage of their development. Includes the latest research on groups and developments in the field of group work, providing broader and deeper treatment of the stages of work with groups. Case studies from diverse practice settings illustrate valuable content to help students make the transition from theory to practice. Additional content on technology and group work including telephone and computer-mediated groups draws students' attention to methods of outreach to serve isolated clients through the use of technology. Content on values, ethics, and practice standards developed by the Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups informs students of the developments in this important area of group work (Ch. 1 & Appendix A).

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