Inside Group Work

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Allen & Unwin, 2002 - Social Science - 225 pages
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Offering a contemporary reflective, context-based approach to group work, this introductory group work textbook is ideal for students in social work, community work, health, and welfare or as a professional reference. Drawing on thought-provoking contributions from experienced group leaders and participants, the book outlines the various ways in which group work can be used. Focusing particularly on psychoeducation groups, psychotherapy groups, mutual aid groups, and social action groups, it explains that the purpose of the group should determine the form it takes. The key facilitation skills of listening, observing, intervening, and responding under pressure are outlined as are the various stages groups go through and the ways in which group facilitators can handle typical problems. Explored are issues of power, leadership, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and age.

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Why would you do it on your own?
Its more like growing
A series of tasks anyone can do
Its got a life of its own
Dealing with the dynamics
The people in it create it
Laughter and tears
Its a bit of a risk you just dont
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Page 32 - Two or more persons who are interacting with one another in such a manner that each person influences and is influenced by each other person
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Page 6 - A group is defined as two or more persons who are interacting with one another in such a manner that each person influences and is influenced by each other person.
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Fiona McDermott is a senior lecturer in the school of social work at the University of Melbourne.

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