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Social Work Practice: Groups




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Course level: Undergraduate

Students learn to integrate social work theory and practice related to assessment, evaluation, and intervention at the group level, as well as how to assess group needs and identify resources for a group. Students gain professional skills for initiating change in groups; understanding issues of social stratification; and managing group conflict, resistance to change, and methods for overcoming resistance.



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Introduction to Group Social Work

  • Identify social work group approaches
  • Describe components of models of group development
  • Describe potential ethical issues that may arise in a social work group
  • Apply the goals of social work practice to group work

Group Dynamics and Communication  

  • Determine a leadership approach for a specific group model
  • Create goals for a specific group
  • Describe strategies for effective communication in a group

Categories of Groups in Social Work Practice

  • Identify needs of a specific group
  • Differentiate between the goals of different types of groups when working with diverse populations
  • Identify intervention strategies based on the specified group type

Working with Families and Avoiding Burnout

  • Identify the needs of a family in a case scenario.
  • Create individual and family goals for a specific family
  • Identify appropriate self-care strategies

Treatment Groups and Termination

  • Analyze the effectiveness of evidence-based strategies in social work group practice.
  • Determine appropriate strategies for group termination
  • Design a social work group to address a specific need


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Learn from instructors who bring an average of 25 years of working experience to the classroom.

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