Group Work

Mark J. Macgowan

in Social Work

ISBN: 9780195389678
Published online December 2009 | | DOI:
Group Work

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Group work can be defined as “goal-directed activity with small treatment and task groups aimed at meeting socioemotional needs and accomplishing tasks” (see Textbooks, Toseland and Rivas 2009, p. 12). As a general overview, this bibliography includes a wide range of topics, but the depth of citations within areas is limited to notable publications and those primarily related to social work with groups. In addition the emphasis is on works published after 1995, though classics or older but unique publications are included. Most of the references are to topics related to treatment groups, that is, groups whose primary purpose is to meet the socioemotional needs of its members, usually done in small groups consisting of up to fifteen group members. However, a section is included that is specifically related to task groups, whose primary purpose is to accomplish tasks related to the needs of persons outside of the group. The best source for an overview of the fundamentals of group work is the section Textbooks.

Article.  9280 words. 

Subjects: Social Work

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