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Introduction

Groups abound today, and although an impressive body of professional literature on social work testifies to the centrality of catalyzing mutual aid in practice with groups, the gap filled by this book is as a resource that makes the link between the descriptive and prescriptive of mutual-aid practice-that bridges theory (i.e., the descriptive component of professional practice) with practical information (i.e., the prescriptive component of mutual-aid practice). By describing and discussing theories, concepts, and practice principles specific to mutual aid, this book provides a foundation for practice. And by offering a number of exercises for the classroom, it provides opportunities for learners to practice in the safety of the classroom with others in the same boat.