Group Work: Building Bridges of Hope

Edited by Carol F Kuechler

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ISBN: 978-1-861771-23-0
Series: IASWG Proceedings
Categories: Groupwork
Published: May 2011
234 x 136 x 14 mm
274 pages
Publisher: Whiting & Birch Ltd
The AASWG Symposium is the largest annual event in the groupwork calendar. The best papers from Minneapolis conference are presented in this volume, which will inspire anyone who uses groupwork in their professional practice. This is the third volume in the series to be published by Whiting and Birch.
About the Editor
The contributors

Carol F. Kuechler

SECTION 1. Bridge footings: Perspectives on our history

1. More than sixty years with social group work:
Personal and professional history

Catherine P. Papell
Group work in the 1940’s: A movement becoming a profession
Goddard Neighborhood Center and New York City 1940 and 1941
Workman Place House 1942 to 1946
Helen Phillips and the Pennsylvania School, 1943-1946
Group work in the 1950’s: Transformation in a profession
Manhattanville Neighborhood Center 1948-1951
Beulah Rothman, the Mount Vernon YM/YWCA and Hillside Hospital 1951-1957
Group work 1957 and on: Professional knowledge and practice theory extended at Adelphi
The functional/diagnostic controversy
The CSWE curriculum study
The Community Mental Health Centers Act
The Civil Rights movement
Group work in the tenement social system
General Systems Theory
The Models paper
The generic movement
Introduction of family therapy
Yeshiva University for doctoral study
Alcoholism and addictions
Adelphi’s doctoral program
Social Work with Groups:
A journal of clinical and community practice

Restoring group work’s identity
The Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups
Group work and the future: Now and onward

2. Settlement houses and neighbourhood houses: Groupwork
and community work: Have they a future in the 21st century?

Luke Geoghegan
Toynbee Hall: Origins and future
Two groupworkers I admire
Being a whole person

SECTION II. Intergenerational Bridges: Building theory and practice
principles on the shoulders of those who created the foundation

3. Tribute to Dr. Gisela Konopka
Paul V. Snyder

4. Tribute to Ruth Middleman
Alison Hahn Johnson

5. Tribute to Toby Berman-Rossi
Tim Kelly
Brief biography
Building bridges to some of Toby’s main ideas
Professional function and social justice
The details of practice
Generic curriculum
Stages of group development

6. Tribute to Janice Andrews-Schenk
Stacy Husebo
Incorporating Jan’s contributions into my own practice

7. Tribute to Roselle Kurland
Julie Stein Brockway

SECTION III. Building the Span: From classroom to best practices

8. Community social service projects:
Working in task groups to create change

Marilyn D. Frank
Course overview
Step 1: Issue and need identification
Step 2: Assessment of need
Step 3: Project plan and implementation
Step 4: Analysis and presentation of results

Social issues and community social service projects
Teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases
Domestic violence
Student reflections
Task group dynamics
Group atmosphere

Professional and personal development
Behavior and roles
Beyond the classroom
Career direction

9. Constructing a bridge between research and practice:
A reflection on cooperative group learning

Annette Gerten
Building a bridge to student learning
The importance of baseline data
The importance of a comparison group
Hearing student voices

10. Best practices in group work:
Assessment and monitoring of group processes

Kendra J. Garrett
Conceptualizations of group process
Relationship of group processes and outcomes
Group process measures
Instruments to measure group processes
Therapeutic Factors Inventory (TFI)
Hill Interaction Matrix (HIM)
Systematic Multiple Level Observation of Groups (SYMLOG)
Critical Incident Questionnaire
Group Climate Questionnaire (GCQ)
Post Session Questionnaire (PSQ)
Group Environment Scale (GES)
Group Engagement Measure (GEM)

Recording methods
Harvard Community Health Plan’s Group Cohesiveness Scale (HCHP-GCS)
Group Attitude Scale (GAS)

SECTION IV. Bridges to the Future: Student as group worker

11. Exploring group work concepts presented on video
in an undergraduate group work course

John Mansfield and Patrick Hull
Literature review
Beginning stage
Middle stage
Ending stage
Under-emphasized concepts
Concepts clearly addressed
Concepts inadequately addressed

12. Male Sexuality Group:
Understanding sexual expression in a long term care facility

Liese Mittiga Zilberleyt and Ling Wai Fung
The need for sexual expression
Values and understanding
Residents with chronic illness
Program development
Development of the Male Sexuality Group
Group composition
Group facilitators
Group content based on needs
Sexual expression

The use of activities
Implications for future groups

13. Group work with children of divorce:
The use of tactile-related techniques for anger management

Lisa Tobias and Angela Chierek Bratcher
Literature review
Child measure
Teacher/counselor measure
Treatment structure
Implications for practice
Implications for policy

14. Bridging the gap:
New group workers and adolescents finding their voice

Brianna Cashman Loop & Amirthini Ambrose Keefe
Principles for effective work with adolescents
Program and group descriptions
Psychoeducation group for adolescents with divorcing parents.
The beginning phase of the group
The middle stage of the group
The end stage of the group
Support group for homeless and at-risk youth
The beginning stage
The middle stage
The ending stage

SECTION V. International Bridges: Group work around the world

15. Lost homeland, lost childhood:
Group recovery from trauma

Carol Irizarry
Tuning in
Beginning work
Awareness of loss
Pain of loss
The work phase
Public recognition
Personal and political
Highlight of group work interventions

16. Bridging professional and indigenous cultures through group work:
An aboriginal empowerment program

Kim Clare and Kathy Jones
Serving First Nation families
The Reclaiming Our Voices experience
Preparing for the gathering
Structure and support
Grounding the experience with gifts
Strengthening relationships

17. The Hamburg mask making approach:
Bridges to group work

Jürgen Kalcher and Otto Luedemann
Mask making as an AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL approach
Mask making as an CREATIVE approach
Mask making as a NARRATIVE approach
Work in a group with masks
Bridging individuals, program, contents, and society
The social impact of mask making in a group
Elaborating some system theoretical determinants of the mask making group
Defining group purpose as direct and indirect
Mask making as purposeful activity
Interaction: The glue that holds the group together
Mask making as social group work
Application to social work
Standard structure and fundamental dimensions of making masks in a group
Group composition and context
Workshop structure
Establishing group norms

18. When words are not enough: Facilitating angels in the funzone!
Mary Wilson and Deirdre Quirke
Setting the context
The school
The university
The Funzone group
Creating content

Writing the script: Reflections on the process
Social work education: Issues and possibilities

Carol F. Kuechler, PhD. is Professor and MSW Program Director at the School of Social Work, St. Catherine University/University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. Her social work experience includes work in public social services, program evaluation and project-based research. Having taught at both the baccalaureate and graduate level, she ... read more
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