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An Experiential Approach to Group Work, Second Edition

Rich Furman, Kimberly Bender, and Diana Rowan

Publication Date - July 2014

ISBN: 9780190615390

176 pages
6.2 x 9 inches

In Stock


An Experiential Approach to Group Work is not your typical group work text! Using dozens of exercises that build practice-tested skills, the authors' approach is in perfect step with CSWE's competence-based education requirements. The book is organized into three sections-the first addresses stages of group practice, the second looks at major types of groups, and the final section looks at examples of group work practice with special populations.

New to this Edition

  • Discussion of the theory of group process and dynamics
  • Content regarding Canadian, British, and Australian group work practices
  • Chapters on anti-oppressive practice, group work with immigrants, and macro-practice group work
  • Content on the use and development of technology to aid group work


  • Contains customized exercises for each group work topic, designed to build the student and practitioner's skills for use in group work sessions
  • Special emphasis on how to bring individual sessions or groups to closure
  • Provides examples of group work in specialized settings: conflict resolution groups within elementary schools, pregnant teens, Latinos, and HIV/AIDS clients

About the Author(s)

Rich Furman (MSW, University of Pennsylvania; PhD, Yeshiva University) is professor of social work at the University of Washington, Tacoma. He has published many books on social work including Navigating Human Service Organizations, third edition, Practical Tips for Publishing Scholarly Articles, second edition, and Social Work Practice with Latinos (Lyceum Books).

Kimberly Bender (PhD, University of Texas at Austin, MSW, Colorado State University) is associate professor at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work, where she studies methods for improving services and developing empirically based interventions for adolescents at risk of problem behavior. She has published peer-reviewed articles on youth with co-occurring disorders, runaway/homeless youths, and maltreated adolescents. Professor Bender has provided group treatment to youths in a variety of clinical settings including residential treatment, inpatient units, and outpatient mental health centers.

Diana Rowan (MSW, Our Lady of the Lake University at San Antonio, PhD, University of Texas at Arlington) is assistant professor of social work at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She is an experienced psychotherapist in multiple areas of practice including HIV and AIDS, substance abuse, anxiety and depression, sexual therapy, and Christian counseling. She is the author of Social Work with HIV and AIDS (Lyceum Books).


"An Experiential Approach to Group Work, Second Edition by Furman, Bender, and Rowan is a useful tool for learning about a variety of group work... There are some activites that school social workers could use for introspection, with students, or with staff to increase diverse thinking." --Social Development Issues

Table of Contents

    Preface to the Second Edition
    1. The Group Work Tradition in Social Work
    2. Planning for Groups
    3. Beginning
    4. Working: Dynamics and Leadership
    5. Evaluation
    6. Ending
    7. Skills for Groups
    8. Support Groups
    9. Treatment Groups
    10. Psychoeducational Groups
    11. Task Groups
    12. Macro Practice Groups
    13. Anti-oppressive Practice Groups
    14. Eating Disorder Groups
    15. Groups with Persistently Mentally Ill Adults
    16. Elementary School Conflict Resolution Groups
    17. Teen Pregnancy Groups
    18. Groups with Immigrants
    19. Group Work with Latinos
    20. Group Work with People with HIV/AIDS