Origins of Social Group Work: Local Stories from Around the World

Guest Editor: Lorrie Greenhouse Gardella

The journal is seeking papers that explore the origins of social group work in local communities, regions, agencies, and universities around the world. We are interested in case studies –

including those drawn from personal narratives, oral history interviews, and personal documents research – that recall the introduction of group work in such places and times as North America during the Great Depression of the 1930s; Germany and formerly Nazi-occupied countries during the 1950s and 1960s; post-Soviet Eastern Europe in the 1990s and beyond; post-Colonial African, South Asian, and indigenous nations; migrant communities; and communities responding to war, violence, disaster, poverty, health crises, or issues of social justice.

Goals of the special issue are to document the experiences and accomplishments of local group workers; to examine group work practice in different historical, cultural, and geopolitical contexts; to consider the historical relationships between group work education and practice; and to draw implications for the future development of social work with groups.

Manuscripts should blend theory and practice with vivid stories that bring history to life. For example, case studies might recall the struggles and challenges of a founding group worker; give examples of community resistance and support for a new group work program; describe the social and community needs that were addressed by group work; explore cultural values, traditions, and expectations as expressed in the group process; and consider implications for the future social work with groups.

Submissions should be between 15 and 20 double-spaced pages inclusive of references, tables and illustrations; with 12-point font and one-inch margins all around. Word Documents are preferred. Submissions must conform to Social Work with Groups Instructions for Authors that appear in the Journal or on the Taylor and Francis website:

However, do not submit your manuscript through ScholarOne.

Only submit to the guest editor as indicated below. Please email manuscripts and questions about potential manuscripts with the subject line, “Special Issue” to the guest editor, Lorrie Gardella at: [email protected] and a copy to [email protected]

Manuscripts must be received by Lorrie Gardella by April 15, 2022; again, no subissions through the ScholarOne system.