Basic Groupwork

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Psychology Press, 2000 - Health & Fitness - 146 pages
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Basic Groupwork is a simple, practical guide to the processes of groupwork. This new edition has been extensively updated and revised to reflect the changes which have taken place in society and social behaviour since it was first published in 1978, but in essence it remains an accessible and friendly text for the novice practitioner.
In logical sequence the book follows the progress of one group from inception to close and exposes how groups work. Basic group processes explained include:

  • how individuals bring their personal habitual responses to situations into a group
  • how group constraints enhance or restrain group behaviour and achievement
  • how a group is affected by the way in which it has originated
  • how leadership and membership roles interact.

Basic Groupwork provides students with a sound and solid basis for any kind of groupwork, in any context.

 

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Contents

A very diverse family the range of group forms
3
Beginning at the beginning group members
13
Small groups and bigger groups the constraints
23
What happens in groups group processes
36
Guidance enabling and direction leadership acts
48
Turning ideas into action getting started
67
The more important steps in working groups
84
Where responsibility lies
103
Going on changing direction or ending
121
The development of knowledge and skills
132
Further reading and references
144
Index
145
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About the author (2000)

Tom Douglas is a freelance groupwork consultant with over forty years of experience in working with groups and has written widely on the theory and practice of groupwork.

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