Self-Help and Support Groups: A Handbook for Practitioners

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SAGE, Feb 4, 1997 - Political Science - 229 pages
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The first volume to address both self-help and support groups, and to provide a clear distinction between the two, Self-Help and Support Groups dispels misunderstandings and inaccurate assumptions about how they function, whom they attract and how they help participants achieve goals.

Linda Farris Kurtz informs practitioners and students in the human services about the concepts, theories and research relevant to self-help and support groups. She provides practical advice and direction for working with these groups while analyzing self-help//support organizations on three different levels in terms of: the groups themselves; the group members; and the practitioners' interactions with the groups. In addition, this compr

  

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Contents

Introduction
3
Helping Characteristics and Change Mechanisms
17
Implications for Practitioners
31
Social Climate in SelfHelp and Support Groups
39
Professionalization
46
Assignment
52
Beginning Participation
57
LongTerm Participation
76
TwelveStep Programs
135
Other ChangeOriented Associations
153
l0 SupportiveEducational Groups
165
U Telephone Support and OnLine Self Help
183
SelfHelp Clearinghouses
199
References
207
Index
223
About the Author
229

Professional Roles in Support Groups
93
Professional Relationships With SelfHelp Groups
112

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