Higher Education

The Practice of Multicultural Group Work: Visions and Perspectives from the Field, 1st Edition

  • Janice L. DeLucia-Waack University at Buffalo, SUNY
  • Jeremiah Donigian State University of New York, Brockport
  • ISBN-10: 0534560385  |  ISBN-13: 9780534560386
  • 368 Pages
  • © 2004 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $123.75



In their book, DeLucia-Waack and Donigian show readers how to lead multicultural groups more effectively. They include the insights of eleven group leaders whose cultural representations reflect unique families of origin, regions, migration, and acculturation experiences. These leaders' insights illustrate the ways in which persons of various cultural backgrounds may interpret events that occur in the groups in which they have been members or leaders. With this background, readers can learn to appreciate the uniqueness and power of their clients' stories, and they can become more of the ways in which their own cultural and ethnic heritage may influence the way they lead multicultural groups.

Table of Contents

1. Training Multiculturally Sensitive Group Leaders.
2. Cultural Values and Group Work.
3. Cultural, Social, and Family Autobiographies.
4. Task Group Vignette #1: The First Meeting and Group Impasse.
5. Task Group Vignette #2: The Fourth Meeting and Silence before the Storm.
6. Psychoeducational Group Vignette #1: The First Meeting and Group Silence.
7. Psychoeducational Group Vignette #2: Asian American Group: To Disclose or Not Disclose?
8. Counseling/Therapy Group Vignette #1: The Assertiveness Group and the Bomb.
9. Counseling/Therapy Group Vignette #2: An Adolescent Boys Group and the Missing Member.
10. Counseling/Therapy Group Vignette #3: A Gender Orientation Group: Where Do We Fit?
11. Counseling/Therapy Group Vignette #4: A Women's Eating Disorders Group -- To Blame or Not to Blame?
12. What Have We Learned?
13. Suggestions for Best Practices in Multicultural Group Work.

Efficacy and Outcomes


"A rich and provocative approach to exposing group work students to multicultural group work."

— William B. Kline, Idaho State University

"This is a combination text and workbook. It is a very involving look at group counseling in a way that focuses on the various cultural backgrounds that leaders and members might bring to a group (whether task group, psychoeducational group or counseling/therapy group).

— C. Timothy Dickel, Creighton University

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Janice L. DeLucia-Waack

Janice L. DeLucia-Waack has been an Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling, School, and Educational Psychology at the University at Buffalo, SUNY since 1998. She is the program director for the School Counseling masters program, and teaches two courses, Advanced Group Counseling Theory And Practice and Group Work In The Schools, related to groups for graduate students. She received a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Eisenhower College, a master's degree in Family Studies from the University of Maryland, and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the Pennsylvania State University after completing a pre-doctoral internship in Psychology at the University of Buffalo, SUNY Counseling Center. She began her academic career teaching group counseling courses at Purdue University. Her counseling and research interests include: groups, eating disorders and body image, children of divorce, supervision, and multicultural counseling. In addition to this book, she has authored and co-edited multiple books and journal articles, and is a former editor of the JOURNAL FOR SPECIALISTS IN GROUP WORK. She has received many awards, the most recent being the 2001 Association for Specialists in Group Work President's Award.

Jeremiah Donigian

Dr. Jeremiah Donigian received his Ed.D. from the Pennsylvania State University and has been with SUNY Brockport's Counselor Education program since 1970. His primary teaching interests lie with group counseling and marriage and family therapy. He is a clinical member and approved supervisor of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and is a nationally certified counselor. He is the recipient of the Eminent Career Award and is a fellow of the Association for Specialists in Group Work. Donigian maintains a private practice in marriage and family, individual, and group therapy. He has conducted workshops and seminars in group and marriage and family therapy throughout the United States. He also has an interest in working as a consultant and trainer to schools and business organizations. Among his numerous publications is his most recent book, SYSTEMIC GROUP THERAPY: A TRIADIC MODEL, which is also published by Brooks/Cole.