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Author Lang, Norma C.

Title Group work practice to advance social competence : a specialized methodology for social work / Norma C. Lang
Published New York : Columbia University Press, [2010]


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Description xvi, 265 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents The concepts of social competence and social noncompetence -- Individual social competence : the necessary condition for group forming and group functioning -- Forms of socially noncompetent interaction requiring special adaptations to social work practice with groups -- The small group in life and in social work practice : forms and functions -- Concurrent interventions in multiple domains : the essence of social work with groups -- The social work group as unique social form : influence of professional norms -- A broad-range model of practice in the social work group : group forms and worker technology -- The mainstream model of practice in social work groups -- A specialized practice methodology to promote social competence -- Features of the specialized methodology for practice with socially unskilled individuals and entities -- Requirements for a specialized practice with socially unskilled populations -- Specifics of intervention in the pregroup period with socially unskilled populations : adaptations to the technology of social work with groups -- The centrality of actional modes : mobilizing effectance -- The route to an achievable entity : how the specialized practice evolves -- Portrait of practice with a socially unskilled population
Summary Annotation. <p>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.</p><p>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.</p>
Notes Formerly CIP. Uk
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Audience Scholarly & Professional Columbia University Press
Notes 17 Columbia University Press
Mode of access: World Wide Web
Description based on print version record
Subject Social service -- Methodology.
Social group work.
Social groups.
LC no. 2010009013
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