Spring 2024 SOWK 487 Class 10 Weekly Email

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I hope that you all have had a wonderful spring Spring Break.

Unit Introduction and What You Will Learn

In week 10, we start looking at treatment groups. To look at this, we will use the example of three types of groups. The week’s readings are around these topics. I also want to share some example curricula that you can see and review to get a picture of what this looks like. All of the readings for this week are good information, and I think they will help give you some perspective. Dialectical behavioral therapy is a frequently used group format, and Rizvi et al. (2013) provide a helpful overview of what it looks like. Next, Rose (2004) gives the example of cognitive-behavioral group work (CBGW). Even though most curricula don’t explicitly describe themselves as being founded in CBGW, I could argue that they are. Finally, Roffman (2004) reviews psychoeducational groups.

The agenda for week 10 is as follows:

  • Group Intervention Pitch
  • Psychoeducational group skills
  • Curriculum used with pscyhoeducaitonal or CBGW
  • Phases of the group process for CBGW
  • Information about DBT
  • Planning and implementation group

Unit Assignments


  • Rose (2004), Roffman (2004), and Rizvi et al. (2013)

A-01: Class Attendance and Engagement

Attend Class

A-02: Reading Engagement

A-02: Reading Engagement for Week 10 due before class via My Heritage Assignments

Assignment 04a: Group Intervention Pitch

Meta: Points 25 pts (5% of final grade); Deadline Wednesday 03/20/24 during class; Completion Informal presentation during class. You can find Assignment Description and the Assignment Page.

Purpose: The purpose of the pitch is to provide a deadline for planning the group intervention for the student and for the instructor to feel confident in the student’s plan.

Task: Each group will make a short informal pitch for the group they plan to facilitate during the 10th-week class session. As a group, students will share with their classmates their plan to implement their group (i.e., when and where) and the content they will do for their groups. These presentations should be at most five minutes.

Success: Students will have a plan for facilitating their group. Students will be graded as 0 = no plan, 12.5 = has a plan and appears moderately prepared, and 25 points for has a plan and appears ready to facilitate the group.

Unit Resources

This week there are again a number of handouts that we will be spending some time reviewing. I will have printed and ready the ones you need in class. I’m uploading them, as it might be helpful to have saved them and looked over them a little bit. In the course of our discussion of Cognitive-Behavioral Group Work, I wanted to offer some examples of what the manuals can look like. You will be broken up into groups and given a chance to read “thumb through” the material and talk about it together.

We will also review a tool that I have frequently used with clients, Using Grounding To Detach From Emotional Pain.

All of the presentations for this class can be found at https://presentations.jacobrcampbell.com. I’ll upload the slides before class tomorrow.

You can find the recording of all of our classes in the lecture videos tab for this course.


Rose, S. D. (2004). Chapter 7 - Cognitive-behavioral group work. In C. D. Garvin, L. M. Gutiérrez, & M. J. Galinsky (Eds.), Handbook of social work with groups (2nd ed., pp. 111-135). The Gilford Press.

Roffman, R. (2004). Chapter 9 - Pyschoeducaitonal Groups. In C. D. Garvin, L. M. Gutiérrez, & M. J. Galinsky (Eds.), Handbook of social work with groups (2nd ed., pp. 160-175). The Gilford Press.

Rizvi, S. L., Steffel, L. M., & Carson-Wong, A. (2013). An overview of dialectical behavior therapy for professional psychologists. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 44(2), 73-80. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0029808

To-Do Lists

  • A-01:Class Attendance and Engagement Attend class
  • A-02: Reading Engagement before class
  • Assignment 04a: Group Intervention Pitch due during class
  • Read Rose (2004), Roffman (2004), and Rizvi et al. (2013)
  • Midterm Grades due by instructor Wednesday 03/20/20 at 5:00 PM