Skills for Group Practice Responding to Diversity by Stephen Erich, Heather Kanenberg


Skills for Group Practice Responding to Diversity by Stephen Erich, Heather Kanenberg

Skills for Group Practice: A Response to Diversity contains role play exercises for students learning the skills needed to practice with treatment and task groups. Throughout, it empha­sizes working with widely diverse communities and people.

The exercises focus on all levels of practice - macro, mezzo, and micro levels of practice with diverse groups, including: sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, race, ethnic back­ground, language, national origin, religion, marital status, class, health status, mental or phys­ical ability, age, socio-economic status, and political belief.

About the Author

Stephen Arch Erich, Ph.D., LCSW is currently an Associate Professor and the Program Director of the Bachelor of Social Work program at the University of Houston- Clear Lake. His research, practice, and advocacy interests are subsumed under the umbrella of strengthening diverse family structures. With over 28 years of social work experience, Dr. Erich has worked with many different types of families, including those who have children with autism, as well as families experiencing other developmental challenges. He also spent a number of years working with adoptive families who had adopted children with special needs. Dr. Erich has published numerous scholarly articles. His research and advocacy have centered on two primary themes: adoptive families and especially those with lesbian and gay parents and transgender persons and their families. Dr. Erich has served as a consulting editor and reviewer for several academic journals and most recently served as the Guest Editor for a special issue of the journal Adoption Quarterly dedicated to the topic of Gay and Lesbian Issues in Adoption. Heather Kanenberg, Ph.D., LMSW is currently Director of Field Education and Assistant Professor with the University of Houston-Clear Lake Bachelor of Social Work Program. Heather also serves as an active member of the Women's Studies Faculty at UHCL. She obtained her BSW from Murray State University and her MSW and Ph.D. from the University of Houston. Dr. Kanenberg has taught at the graduate and undergraduate level for 8 years, her teaching includes courses such as: Women's Issues, Ethics, Introduction to Social Work, Policy Analysis, and Field Seminar. Throughout her career as a professional social worker she has worked as an advocate on behalf of many oppressed and disenfranchised populations, with a primary focus on Children's Health, Women's Health, and Public Policy. Examples of Dr. Kanenberg's professional experiences include working with county health departments and as a public policy analyst, and experience working with advocacy organizations and in academia. Heather's research agenda includes a focus on feminist policy analysis and frameworks. She is concerned with underrepresented populations, such as access to healthcare for women and girls, adoptive families with gay and lesbian parents, and issues specific to the transgender community.

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208 pages


Stephen Erich, Heather Kanenberg
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Publication date

7th January 2010



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