I Contributed a chapter to The Days in the Lives of Social Workers series entitled: "On Group Work for Social Justice: Intergroup Dialogue".

(N.A.H.) News! On Group Work for Social Justice: Intergroup Dialogue

I am very happy to announce that I have a chapter in the newest addition of the “Days in the lives of Social Workers” collection. Books in this collection have been widely used in “Introduction to Social Work” and other college courses, giving students exposure to the wide variety of options available in Social Work.

This new book: “Riding the Mutual Aid Bus and Other Adventures in Group Work” is a collection of first person accounts of professional Social Workers’ work with groups. Each of the 44 chapters is written by a Social Worker in a different setting or role.

The book is designed to give readers a firsthand, close-up look at the real life experiences of these professionals, and to provide an overview of many of the ways in which groups are used in Social Work.

My chapter, entitled “On Group Work for Social Justice: Intergroup Dialogue”, is one of 44 chapters chosen for publication in this book. In this chapter, I write about some of my experiences with working to build more inclusive communities through using methods of non-violent communication and intergroup dialogue to facilitate groups which work toward conflict resolution and  social justice.

The book, edited by Linda Grobman, Publisher and Editor of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER magazine, and Jennifer Clements, Associate Professor at Shippensburg University, gives readers the opportunity to “tag along” with helping professionals and get an inside look at the work they do in a variety of settings.

“Riding the Mutual Aid Bus and Other Adventures in Group Work” is available from White Hat Communications, P.O. Box 5390, Harrisburg, PA 17110-0390. It is also available at the publisher’s website and will be available at bookstores later this year.

One of the greatest pieces of advice I received last year was to never forget the importance of giving of myself in everything that I do, and making my experiences accessible to others. Following that advice continues to lead to great and sometimes unexpected opportunities.

I am honored to have had the opportunity to contribute to this book.

You can always Contact Me for an interview, or if you would like me to contribute to your column, book, website or blog.

Grace & Peace,

From Aspiring Humanitarian, Relando Thompkins, MSW

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I'm a Social Worker, Educator, and Aspiring Humanitarian who is interested in conflict resolution, improving intergroup relations, and building more equitable and inclusive communities. "Notes from an Aspiring Humanitarian" is my blog, where I write about issues of diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice. By exploring social identities through written word, film & video, and other forms of media, I hope to continue to expand and enrich conversations about social issues that face our society, and to find ways to take social action while encouraging others to do so as well in their own ways.

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2 Responses

  1. Patrice says:

    Hi Relando! Congrats on the book chapter! I’m a fellow intergroup dialogue Enthusiast/professional, having worked at UM’s IGR program while obtaining my MSW and now am building a dialogue program at a university for the past two years. I look forward to reading your chapter.

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