Spring 2024 SOWK 487 Class 11 Weekly Email

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I hope that you are all doing well and I will see you on Wednesday.

Unit Introduction and What You Will Learn

Week 11’s focused on mutual aid style groups. There are three readings for this week. First, Schwartz (2005), a republished article from the ’80s, talks about social work groups and provides some good context for the mutual aid model, especially as Schwartz is one of the pioneers of the model. Shulman (2014) provides some practical examples of people in mutual groups. Rosenwald and Baird (2020) layer on how social workers can fit mutual aid group work within the context of trauma-informed care practices.

The agenda for the class session is as follows:

  • What are mutual aid groups
  • Dynamics of mutual aid groups
  • The phases of helping within the mutual aid process
  • Facilitation of mutual aid

Unit Assignments


  • Read Schwartz (2005), Shulman (2014), and Rosenwald and Baird (2020)

A-01: Class Attendance and Engagement

Attend Class

A-02: Reading Engagement

A-02: Reading Engagement for Week 11 due before class via My Heritage Assignments

Unit Resources

All of the presentations for this class can be found at https://presentations.jacobrcampbell.com. You can find the recording of all of our classes in the lecture videos tab for this course.


Rosenwald, M., & Baird, J. (2020). An integrated trauma-informed, mutual aid model of group work. Social Work with Groups, 43(3), 257-271. https://doi.org/10.1080/01609513.2019.1656145

Schwartz, W. (2005). The group work tradition and social work practice. Social Work with Groups, 28(3-4), 69-89. https://doi.org/10.1300/j009v28n03_06

Shulman, L. (2014). Case study 7-1: A mutual-aid support group for persons with AIDS in early substance abuse recovery. In C. W. LeCroy (Ed.), Case Studies in Social Work Practice (pp. 253-265). John Wiley & Sons.

To-Do Lists

  • A-01: Class Engagement and Attendance Attend class
  • Read Schwartz (2005), Shulman (2014), and Rosenwald and Baird (2020)
  • A-02: Reading Engagement A-02: Reading Engagement for Week 11