Social Group Work: A Strengths-Based Approach

By: Diana Coholic with Leigh MacEwan

Social Group Work: A Strengths-Based Approach
ISBN: 9781989941249 | © 2022
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Current practice realities expect social workers and other helping professionals to have some social group work skills, so teaching and learning social group work remains a vital part of social work education in Canada. Social Group Work: A Strengths-Based Approach is written in a “non-academic” voice to make it engaging and accessible; students are challenged to develop a solid understanding of effective social group work concepts and practices including how to develop different types of groups, how to manage the group process, how to face challenges that are unique to group work, and how to prepare for and evaluate a group that is ending. 


Chapter opening Learning Objectives

Active Learning boxes contain individual or small group activities that allow students to respond

        to and apply what they have learned

Case Examples - Specific cases that explore and explain relevant issues addressed in group work

Key Takeaways from each chapter

End of Chapter activities that include short answer critical thinking questions

•      Instructor Resources including an Instructor’s Manual with graded assignments

       (group co-facilitation and a reflective paper), sample HAP activities, and Instructor PowerPoints.

Chapter 1: Underpinnings of Social Group Work

Chapter 2: Types of Groups

Chapter 3: The Planning Process

Chapter 4: Group Leadership and Facilitation Skills

Chapter 5: Stages of Group Development and Roles of Group Members

Chapter 6: Ethics and the Use of Power in Social Group Work

Chapter 7: Cultural Humility and Competencies in Social Group Work

Chapter 8: Ending and Evaluating Groups

Chapter 9: Continuing Development of Social Group Work: Online Group Work

Dr. Diana Coholic is a Full Professor in the School of Social Work at Laurentian University. She obtained her Ph.D. at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, and her M.S.W. degree at the University of Toronto. Diana is a practicing clinical social worker with 25 years of experience, and she has been involved with the local chapter of the Ontario Association of Social Workers since 2005. At Laurentian University, she is a core member of the research group ECHO - Evaluating Children's Health Outcomes. She is also a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the journal Social Work with Groups, which is an excellent academic and practice resource for group workers.

Diana's research has focused on investigating the effectiveness of arts-based mindfulness group work for the improvement of resilience and well being particularly in marginalized children and youth. Information can be found on her research website:

Dr. Leigh MacEwan recently retired from her position as an assistant professor in the School of Social Work at Laurentian University after a 25-year academic career. During her time at Laurentian, Leigh supervised many graduate social work students completing research theses and advanced practicum projects in a variety of direct practice areas with diverse populations; many of these projects involved group work. She has worked in the field for over 25 years and remains passionate about the benefits of social group work for a wide variety of people and challenges. 

Leigh’s areas of interest include working with women suffering childhood trauma and intimate partner violence, women who are breast cancer survivors and attend self-help groups, and compassion fatigue with addiction workers.

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