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Socially Just Practice in Groups

Socially Just Practice in Groups
A Social Work Perspective

Group Counseling

January 2019 | 324 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

In Socially Just Practice in Groups: A Social Work Perspective authors Robert Ortega and Charles D. Garvin present a broad array of case examples that will be helpful to group workers at all levels of social work education. The book integrates social justice perspectives throughout and comprehensively covers all of the aspects of group practice in a social work setting. This text is founded on principles of social justice, including a more equal distribution of power and resources among groups in society as well as the elimination of oppression of some individuals and groups. These principles are emphasized, expanded and reflected upon throughout the book.  

While group work practice explicitly focuses on creating change towards social justice goals or on learning about differences and barriers to justice, in this book, this focus is integrated with an understanding of common elements of small groups, how these elements are necessary and useful for achieving the members as well as the group's goals, as well as ways in which such elements may contribute to furthering justice or injustice.

The text covers all the basics of group practice, including getting started, doing group work, establishing the purpose, roles and tasks of the group, the stages and phases of practice and specific skills in assessment, monitoring and evaluation. Each relevant chapters contains a detailed case example to illustrate the concept presented, as well as exercises to help students practice these skills.

Section 1: Historical, and Conceptual Approaches to Group Work and Social Justice
Chapter 1: What Is a Socially Just Approach to Group Work?
Defining Social Justice  
Social Justice Practice Principles  
Purpose and Goals  
Member Relevance and Social Identities  
Norms and Socially Just Participation  
Group Leadership  
Group Development and Process  
Practice Dimensions  
Questions for Discussion  
Chapter 2: History of Group Work
The Emergence of Group Work: 1861 to 1927  
Clarification of the Method: 1928 to 1946  
The Diffusion of Practice: 1947 to 1963  
The Move to the Concept of a Generic Method: 1964 to 1979  
The Revitalization of Group Work: 1979 to 2000  
Recommitments to Social Justice, Empirical Practice, and New Approaches: 2003 to Present  
Questions for Discussion  
Chapter 3: Knowledge for Practice
Group Culture  
Questions for Discussion  
Chapter 4: Models of Group Work and Relationship to Social Justice
Social Goals  
Cognitive-Behavioral Group Work  
Questions for Discussion  
Chapter 5: Group Purposes
Purpose and Social Justice  
Leadership and Purpose  
A Typology of Purposes  
Social Justice Issues Related to Purposes  
Questions for Discussion  
Chapter 6: Values and Ethics
Cultural Humility  
Shared Leadership  
Additional Ethical Issues in Group Work Practice  
Questions for Discussion  
Chapter 7: Roles, Tasks and Critical Consciousness
Roles, Norms, and Statuses  
Group Tasks and Functions  
Agreements (AKA Ground Rules)  
Questions for Discussion  
Chapter 8: Leadership
Social Justice Leadership Processes  
Social Justice and Leadership Skills  
Social Justice Visioning  
Knowledge and Skills  
Critical Analysis  
Safety Monitoring During Conflict  
Leadership and Power  
Leadership and Following  
Leadership and Co-Facilitation  
Questions for Discussion  
Section 2. Doing Group Work for Social Justice
Chapter 9: Group Processes and Development
Is There Such a Thing as Phases or Stages?  
Stages Usually Referred to in Group Work Literature  
Problems in Application of the Concepts of Phases and Stages  
Events That Affect Group Development  
Social Justice and Group Development  
The Role of the Practitioner in Group Development  
Further Strategies for Enhancement of Group Development  
Resources That Enhance Development  
Strengthening Awareness of Social Justice/Injustice  
Questions for Discussion  
Chapter 10: Assessment
What Is Assessment?  
Role of Assessment in a Social Justice Model  
Compatibility With Strengths-Based Perspective  
Sources of Qualitative Information for Assessment  
Sources of Quantitative Data in Assessment  
Measures of Group Processes  
Questions for Discussion  
Chapter 11: Preparation for the Group Meeting
Group Purpose  
Environmental Issues in Planning for a Group  
Needs Assessment  
Role of the Agency in the Pre-Group Phase  
Compositional Issues  
Pre-Group Meetings With Members/Preparing Members for Groups  
Preparing the Setting  
Tuning In  
Type of Group  
Questions for Discussion  
Chapter 12: Group Beginnings - Formation
Implications for Social Justice  
Handling Offensive Behaviors and Taboo Subjects  
Group Tasks in Initial Phase  
Dealing With Other Miscellaneous Transition Nuances  
Questions for Discussion  
Chapter 13: Approaches to Achieving Different Purposes
A Typology of Group Purposes  
Social Justice Issues Related to Purposes  
Group Programs and Processes That Help Members Attain the Purposes  
Resistance to Social Control  
Questions for Discussion  
Chapter 14: Activities
Use of an Analytic Framework  
Use of Spontaneous Events  
Activities Involving Physical Challenges and New Physical Fields  
Activities Involving Music  
Activities Involving Art  
Activities Involving Games  
Activities Involving Drama  
Activities for Various Types of Issues  
Questions for Discussion  
Chapter 15: Task Groups
Social Justice in Task Groups  
Similarities and Differences Between Individual Change and Task Groups  
Pre-Group Tasks  
Group Formation Tasks  
Goal Pursuit Tasks  
Questions for Discussion  
Chapter 16: Environmental Change
Rationale for Environmental Change  
Selection of Environmental Targets  
Choosing the Organizational Level  
Strategies for Environmental Change  
Environmental Change Activities in Which Members as Individuals May Engage  
Environmental Change Activities for Either a Member or the Whole Group  
Environmental Change Activities for the Group  
Questions for Discussion  
Chapter 17: Termination and Endings
Meaning of Endings  
Social Justice Issues in Endings  
Worker Tasks  
Understand and Cope With Feelings  
Maintain Changes  
Unique Skills in Variety of Circumstances  
Utilize New Services  
Reduce Cohesion  
Special Termination Issues  
Questions for Discussion  
Chapter 18: Evaluation
Evaluation Design  
Analysis of Data  
Dissemination of Data  
Social Justice and Evaluation  
Evaluation of Individual Change of Members  
Evaluation of Changes in Group Conditions  
Questions for Discussion  

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ISBN: 9781412995108