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Inclusive Group Work

William Pelech, Robert Basso, Cheryl Lee, and Maria Gandarilla

Publication Date - 08 September 2016

ISBN: 9780190657093


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An innovative approach to working with intervention groups and task groups by redefining the concept of diversity and reframing core group work concepts.


Inclusive Group Work offers an innovative approach to working with intervention groups and task groups by redefining the concept of diversity and reframing core group work concepts. Appropriate for both undergraduate and graduate courses, this book introduces readers to the foundations of group practice with an emphasis on social justice. The book presents diversity as a relational concept that is at the heart of all group interactions. Individual identity is complex, and in order for all members to be treated equally their individuality must be accepted and respected. Using this framework, the book discusses the values and ethics of social work with groups, explores the stages of group work including planning, and presents both basic and advanced skills such as conflict resolution and the use of self. Theories are put into practice in three chapters of case studies that show in-detail how diversity can be employed as a strength in multiple settings to achieve the wide variety of goals groups pursue. Through this new approach, students and practitioners alike will learn how to harness diversity to engage and maintain participation in inclusive group processes.


  • The book addresses diversity as an essentially relational concept that is an inherent condition of all relationships and groups rather than a specific indicator that is possessed by an individual
  • The book provides an in-depth discussion of how to use diversity as a strength to be fostered in groups during the planning, initiation, middle, and ending stages
  • It presents basic and advanced skills including conflict resolution skills and use of self
  • Case studies written by social work practitioners and academics illustrate how diversity can be recognized, respected, and used as a strength in intervention groups, support groups, organizational groups, and in groups across the lifespan
  • An instructor's manual includes lecture slides, test banks, and discussion questions for all chapters

About the Author(s)

William Pelech, (MSW, University of British Columbia; PhD, Wilfrid Laurier University) is full professor and associate dean in the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Calgary. He has practiced and taught group work for over 20 years. Dr. Pelech currently holds a major national tri-council grant, which focuses on how practitioners utilize diversity in their group work practice.
Robert Basso (MSW, Wilfrid Laurier University; PhD, University of Toronto) is associate professor in the faculty of social work at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario. He is associate dean of the BSW Program and is chair of the University Research Ethics Board. Dr. Basso has been a practicing group worker for over three decades and has published many research-based group practice articles and a book relating to group work practice.
Cheryl D. Lee ( MSW, PhD, Arizona State University) is professor at the school of social work, California State University, Long Beach. She has taught social work with groups for 17 years and has been the group worker for many task, intervention, and social action group. She is also very active in the International Association of Social Work with Groups (IASWG). She also serves on the editorial board of Groupwork.

Maria Gandarilla (BSW, MSW, California State University Long Beach) currently works as a hospice social worker in Orange County, California. Ms. Gandarilla has facilitated/co-facilitated several groups throughout her career including teen parenting support groups, anger management groups, parent advocacy groups, and talking circles with elementary aged children. Ms. Gandarilla serves as an elected board member with the IASWG Southern California Chapter and has held multiple leadership positions.

Table of Contents


    Part One: Inclusive Group Work: Theoretical Foundation

    Chapter 1: Fundamentals of Group Work
    Chapter 2: History of Group Work Approaches
    Chapter 3: Diversity: A Strengths-Based Approach
    Chapter 4: Principles of Inclusive Group Work
    Chapter 5: A Diversity of Purposes
    Chapter 6: Planning a Group with a Focus on Diversity
    Chapter 7: Ethics and Standards
    Chapter 8: Group Development and Analysis

    Part Two: Inclusive Group Work Practice

    Chapter 9: Beginnings
    Chapter 10: Leadership: The Difference Offered by the Worker
    Chapter 11: The Middle Stage of Group Work
    Chapter 12: Advanced Skills and Conflict Resolution
    Chapter 13: Ending a Group and Evaluation

    Part Three: Inclusive Practice Applications

    Chapter 14: Trauma and Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)
    Chapter 15: Groups across the Lifespan
    Chapter 16: Supportive Groups
    Chapter 17: An Organizational Group

    Epilogue: Imagining a World of Inclusive Practice

    Appendix A: Sample Permission Slip
    Appendix B: Group Planning Checklist
    Appendix C: Icebreakers for the Beginning Stage
    Appendix D: Sample Contract
    Appendix E: Checklist for the Beginning Stage