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date: 16 December 2018

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This overview highlights the current status of group practice, examines the conceptual frameworks for working with groups, reviews the status of group work practice research, and identifies challenges for practice. The discussion examines how the numerous frameworks in social work with groups are joined by adherence to a systemic perspective, an understanding of group dynamics, common intervention concepts, and processes important to a sequence of intervention. Although recent studies on social group work are characterized by increasing attention to design, data collection, and analysis, research is still at a formative stage. The discussion of challenges points to areas that are of special importance in current and future practice, including diversity in composition, a commitment to attaining social justice, changing membership, involuntary membership, new professional roles, and use of technology.

Keywords: group work, group therapy, group composition, group diversity, group research, group worker, group practice, evaluation of group work

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