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Social Work with Groups - A Comprehensive Workbook

Social Work with Groups - A Comprehensive Workbook - 6th edition

ISBN13: 978-0534534813

Cover of Social Work with Groups - A Comprehensive Workbook 6TH 06 (ISBN 978-0534534813)
ISBN13: 978-0534534813
ISBN10: 0534534813
Edition: 6TH 06
Copyright: 2006
Publisher: Brooks/Cole Publishing Co.
Published: 2006
International: No

Social Work with Groups - A Comprehensive Workbook - 6TH 06 edition

ISBN13: 978-0534534813

Charles Zastrow

ISBN13: 978-0534534813
ISBN10: 0534534813
Edition: 6TH 06
Copyright: 2006
Publisher: Brooks/Cole Publishing Co.
Published: 2006
International: No

Through a plentiful selection of skill-building and self-evaluation exercises, Zastrow's comprehensive, workbook-style text promotes his philosophy that students best learn group leadership skills by first practicing them in class. In the book, Zastrow discusses topics central to a successful understanding of group leadership, such as stages of groups, group dynamics, verbal and nonverbal communication, types of groups, and diversity in groups. When students break into groups in class, the setting becomes a "lab" in which they experience what it's like to work in and lead the many kinds of groups that Zastrow discusses.

New to the Edition

  • The Sixth Edition has been condensed into 14 chapters that cover the most essential information for group work, better enabling instructors and students to address all the material within the term.
  • The GROUP TREATMENT THEORIES RESOURCE MANUAL--included in the text--highlights three prominent models of group counseling that are used widely by social workers: rational therapy, behavior therapy and reality therapy.
  • The STRATEGIES FOR WORKING WITH SPECIFIC SOCIAL WORK GROUPS booklet (available at a discounted price when packaged with the text) contains theoretical material and class exercises on five topics: grief management, interventions for chemical dependency, interventions for eating disorders, interventions for family/intimate violence and improving personal relationships. This booklet may be used as a resource for class presentations and further study.
  • The New skill building exercises and the new self-evaluation exercises provide students with additional opportunities to apply the essential group work material.


  • This "how-to" text covers leadership skills for a variety of groups, including self-help, family, organizations and communities, treatment, and stress-management groups.
  • As students are encouraged to break into groups and lead the class in the exercises, the classroom becomes a lab for them to learn how to work in and lead all kinds of groups.
  • Each chapter follows a common format. First, the goal of the chapter is stated; then, the chapter provides the theoretical material for the class. Skill-building and self-evaluation exercises, found throughout each chapter, help students apply the key concepts.
  • Case examples of individual problems solved by group work appear throughout the text.
  • Zastrow includes material consistent with the Council on Social Work Education's principles on working with diverse groups.
  • Numerous skill building exercises are included throughout each chapter to help students practice acquiring skills described in the chapter.
  • Self evaluation exercises are interspersed throughout to encourage students to formulate their personal thoughts about the skills described.
  • The text's perforated, three-hole-punched pages allow for students to hand in exercises as homework and then store them in a binder for later reference and review.

Table of Contents

1. Groups: Types and Stages of Development.
2. Social Group Work and Social Work Practice.
3. Group Dynamics: Leadership.
4. Group Dynamics: Goals and Norms.
5. Verbal and Nonverbal Communication.
6. Task Groups.
7. Working with Diverse Groups.
8. Self-Help Groups.
9. Social Work with Families.
10. Organizations, Communities and Groups.
11. Educational Groups: Stress Management and Time Management as Examples.
12. Treatment Groups.
13. Termination and Evaluation of a Group.

Module 1. Rational Therapy in Groups.
Module 2. Behavior Therapy in Groups.
Module 3. Reality Therapy in Groups.

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