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The primary focus of this class is on engagement, assessment, intervention, and evaluation of groups, communities, and organizations. This course builds on students' generalist practice theories and knowledge by teaching the conceptual base and practice skills of social group work. Emphasizing social work with groups, organizations and communities as integrative practice, this course encompasses the continuum from treatment to task oriented groups. Course content highlights the strengths oriented values of social work, and its potential for mutual aid and empowerment. Group dynamics and development will be assessed, with attention to agency, community, and cultural contexts. Emphasis on diversity and the use of groups with oppressed client populations is a unifying course theme.