Group Work Practice to Advance Social Competence

Group Work Practice to Advance Social Competence

presented by Norma C. Lang (New York, NY: Columbia University Press, originally published 2010), 288 page(s)

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Abstract / Summary
Small social groups are fundamental for achieving personal growth, social development, socialization, and the skills of sustaining relevance, relationships, and connections to society. Unfortunately, those who would benefit most from small groups often find themselves unable to achieve membership. Lacking the necessary skills for entry, these individuals may never enjoy the advantages of group membership. Advancing a practice methodology that specifically targets the socially unskilled, Norma C. Lang provides much-needed guidance to practitioners helping individuals become part of group life. Grounded in extensive practice, Lang's methodology addresses the special needs and anomalous functioning of individuals who lack the skills to form and use groups. She outlines the unique pregroup processes of socially unskilled populations and provides a methodology for advancing social competence. She also identifies the professional and agency requirements for working with presocial processes. Widely applicable to practice with social work groups, Lang's method greatly expands the literature on social work theory and practice with individuals and groups.
Field of Interest
Social Work
Columbia University Press
Copyright Message
Copyright © 2010 by Columbia University Press. All Rights Reserved. Reproduced by permission of Columbia University Press.
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Original Publication Date
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Columbia University Press
Place Published / Released
New York, NY
Social Work, Social Sciences, Psychology & Counseling, Mental Health, Children and Families, Socializing techniques, Friendships, Social relationships, Interpersonal conflict, Social status, Social groups, Social work, Macro
Norma C. Lang

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