Group Work Practice to Advance Social Competence: A Specialized Methodology for Social Work by Norma C. Lang

Group Work Practice to Advance Social Competence: A Specialized Methodology for Social Work

byNorma C. Lang

Kobo ebook | September 3, 2010

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Small social groups are fundamental to personal growth, social development, socialization, and acquiring the skills of sustaining relevance, relationships, and connections to society. Unfortunately, those who might benefit most from small groups often find themselves unable to achieve membership. Lacking the necessary social skills for entry into groups, these socially disabled individuals may never enjoy the advantages of membership.

Advancing a practice methodology that specifically targets the socially unskilled, Norma Lang gives much-needed guidance to practitioners struggling to help individuals become part of group life. Grounded in extensive practice, Lang's methodology addresses the special needs and anomalous functioning of individuals who lack social skills to form and use groups. She outlines the unique pre-group processes of socially unskilled populations and provides a methodology for advancing social competence. She also identifies the professional and agency requirements for working with pre-social processes. Her method is widely applicable to practice with social work groups and greatly expands the literature on social work theory and practice with individuals and groups.

Norma Lang is professor emerita of the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto. Her practice experience involves work with several at-risk populations and with emotionally disturbed children and her teaching expertise concerns social work with groups, qualitative research, and nondeliberative forms of social work practice,...
Title:Group Work Practice to Advance Social Competence: A Specialized Methodology for Social WorkFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:September 3, 2010Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231522398

ISBN - 13:9780231522397

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Social Competence and Social Noncompetence
1. The Concepts of Social Competence and Social Noncompetence
2. Individual Social Competence: The Necessary Condition for Group Forming and Group Functioning
3. Forms of Socially Noncompetent Interaction Requiring Special Adaptations to Social Work Practice with Groups
Part 2 Group Work Practice Theory Essential to Practice with Both Socially Competent and Socially Unskilled Populations
4. The Small Group in Life and in Social Work Practice: Forms and Functions
5. Concurrent Interventions in Multiple Domains: The Essence of Social Work with Groups
6. The Social Work Group as Unique Social Form: Influence of Professional Norms
7. A Broad-Range Model of Practice in the Social Work Group: Group Forms and Worker Technology
8. The Mainstream Model of Practice in Social Work Groups
9. A Specialized Practice Methodology to Promote Social Competence
Part 3 A Specialized Practice Methodology for Socially Unskilled Populations
10. Features of the Specialized Methodology for Practice with Socially Unskilled Individuals and Entities
11. Requirements for a Specialized Practice with Socially Unskilled Populations
12. Specifics of Intervention in the Pregroup Period with Socially Unskilled Populations: Adaptations to the Technology of Social Work with Groups
13. The Centrality of Actional Modes: Mobilizing Effectance
14. The Route to an Achievable Entity: How the Specialized Practice Evolves
15. Portrait of Practice with a Socially Unskilled Population

Editorial Reviews

This book will be a useful resource for those working in group work where the ability to engage with others is a real challenge.