Social group work began in the settlement houses of the Progressive Era (early 20th century). The objective of group work was to diminish the effects of poverty and racial or ethnic marginalization by creating stronger, more supportive community relationships. Through groups, clients can find kinship, empowerment, social connections, personal and political voice, and skills that enable them to engage in more meaningful relationships in their lives.
This course prepares students to plan for, assess, facilitate and evaluate social work practice with groups. Students will develop an understanding of the developmental stages of groups, roles among group members, and the function of mutual aid.