The contributors to this volume examine the role of mutual aid groups and social workers in helping members of oppressed, vulnerable, and resilient populations regain control over their lives. The chapters reveal the ways in which mutual aid processes help individuals overcome social and emotional trauma in contemporary society by reducing isolation, universalizing individual problems, and mitigating stigma. Using the life cycle as a framework the editors establish a theoretical model for practice and demonstrate how social workers as group leaders can foster the healing and empowering process of mutual aid. The contributors also consider the fundamentals of the mutual aid process, the institutional benefits of group service, and specific clinical examples of mutual aid groups. Each chapter offers detailed case materials that illustrate both group work skills and developmental issues for a variety of populations and settings, including HIV-positive and AIDS patients, the homeless, and perpetrators and victims of sexual abuse and family violence.
New chapters in this completely revised and updated third edition illustrate the power of mutual aid processes in dealing with children traumatized by the events of September 11, adult survivors of sexual abuse, parents with developmentally challenged children, people with AIDS in substance recovery, and mentally ill older adults. --- from the publisher
The long awaited third edition of Gitterman and Shulman's third volume, "Mutual Aid Groups, Vulnerable and Resilient Populations, and the Life Cycle," is a scholarly paean to the power of mutual aid and social work with groups. The three conceptual chapters have been revised extensively, and six new practical chapters have been added. Every unit in the book demonstrates the resilience of venerable group members, their ability to participate in the mutual aid process and to make use of the strengths-based perspective that always has been intrinsic in a good group work practice. The collection is a major accomplishment that will be of great use to practitioners and academics for many years to come.
About the Editors:
Alex Gitterman is a professor at the University of Connecticut School of Social Work and past president of the Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups. He is the editor of The Handbook of Social Work Practice with Vulnerable and Resilient Populations, winner of the Robert Wood Johnson Award for excellence; the coauthor (with Carel Germain) of The Life Model of Social Work Practice: Advances in Theory and Practice, 2d ed.; and the coeditor of Public Health Social Work in Maternal and Child Health: A Forward Plan.
Lawrence Shulman is a professor at the School of Social Work at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He is the author or coeditor of seven books, including The Skills of Helping Individuals, Families, and Groups, 5th ed., Interactional Social Work Practice: Toward an Empirical Theory, and Teaching the Helping Skills: A Field Instructor's Guide, 3rd ed.