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Group Work with Populations At-Risk

Fourth Edition

Edited by Geoffrey Greif and Carolyn Knight

Publication Date - 30 August 2016

ISBN: 9780190212124

568 pages
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

In Stock

Equips students and practitioners to address the needs of a wide range of under-served populations


Group Work with Populations a Risk, Fourth Edition is a fundamental resource for practitioners in health and mental health settings and a comprehensive guidebook of group work skills. Geared toward students and professionals gaining a beginning understanding of groups, this volume describes how to work with vulnerable populations. The first chapters, new additions to this edition and written by a new co-editor, provide overarching skills and techniques that apply across group work settings and populations. These skills, along with case examples, provide a template for practice with groups. The vulnerable populations that are addressed include returning war veterans, immigrants, the aging and their caregivers, children and adults who have been abused, and people struggling with substance abuse issues, cancer, and chronic mental illness. New chapters have been added for survivors of sex trafficking, children in need of social skills training, people who experienced intimate partner violence, parents who are homeless, and fathers who are incarcerated. Each chapter (designed to stand alone for easy reference) describes the population and reviews the relevant literature, identifies themes and practice principles, presents case illustrations, provides evaluation guidance, and refers readers to key references and web resources.

New to this Edition

  • New chapters on survivors of sex trafficking, children in need of social skills training, victims of sexual and domestic violence, parents who are homeless, fathers who are incarcerated, and caregivers of people with Alzheimer's disease.
  • New emphasis on topics that are of relevance to MSW students and beginning practitioners.


  • Refers readers to key references and web resources.
  • Each chapter is designed to stand alone for easy reference.
  • Reviews relevant literature on vulnerable populations.
  • Identifies themes and practice principles and presents case illustrations.

About the Author(s)

Geoffrey Greif, PhD, MSW, is Professor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work. He has authored numerous books and more than 125 journal articles and book chapters. His research on relationships has been cited in news outlets throughout the world, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and The Times of London. He has made personal appearances on CBS This Morning, BBC, CNN, and NPR.

Carolyn Knight, PhD, MSW, is Professor in the School of Social Work, University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She has more than 25 years of experience providing individual and group treatment to adult survivors of childhood trauma. She has extensive experience facilitating groups for bereaved children and currently runs a group in a shelter for homeless parents. She has written and presented extensively on the group modality, including strategies for teaching group work in the classroom and the field practicum.

Table of Contents


    Chapter 1: Introduction: The Context of Contemporary Group Work Practice and Education
    Chapter 2: Group Work Practice: Phases of Work and Associated Skills and Tasks
    Chapter 3: A Summary: Skills for Working in Groups across Populations at Risk

    Part One: Health Issues

    Chapter 4: Group Work With People Who Have Cancer
    Chapter 5: Group Work With People Who Suffer from Serious Mental Illness
    Chapter 6: Group Work with Individuals Living With HIV/AIDS during a Changing Pandemic
    Chapter 7: Group Work to Address Adolescent Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse
    Chapter 8: The Use of Group Work in the Treatment of Substance Use Disorders among Older Adults

    Part Two: Adjusting to Change
    Chapter 9: Social Skills Groups for Children and Adolescents
    Chapter 10 Group Work With Older Adults
    Chapter 11: Culturally Responsive Group Work With Immigrant Family Caregivers
    Chapter 12 Group Work With Immigrants and Refugees
    Chapter 13: Group Work With Combat Veterans: Vietnam through the Persian Gulf Era
    Chapter 14: Group Work With Super Computers in our Pockets: Integrating Smartphones into In-person Group Interventions

    Part Three: Violence: Victims and Perpetrators

    Chapter 15: Group Work With Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse
    Chapter 16: Group Work With Victims of Hate Crimes
    Chapter 17: Group Work with Survivors of Sex Trafficking
    Chapter 18: Group Work with Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence
    Chapter 19: Group Work With Children Impacted by Sexual Abuse

    Part Four: The Community

    Chapter 20: Group Work With Urban African American Parents in Their Neighborhood Schools
    Chapter 21: Group Work with Children and Adolescents in Response to Community Violence and/or Trauma
    Chapter 22: Group Work With Gay Men
    Chapter 23: Group Work With Fathers who are Incarcerated
    Chapter 24: Group Work With Homeless Parents
    Chapter 25: Group Work in Context: Organizational and Community Factors

    Part Five: Evaluating Practice and Practice Skills
    Chapter 26: Using Evidence-Based Practice and Intervention Research With Treatment Groups for Populations at Risk