Once Upon a Group: A Guide to Running and Participating in Successful Groups Second Edition

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Jun 15, 2011 - Psychology - 112 pages
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Groups are a universal phenomenon, but their dynamics, make-up and customs can vary widely – a group can be anything from a family to a sports club. Having a good understanding of how groups work can make them more effective, enriching and fun. Once Upon A Group is a short, light-hearted guide to groupwork, providing an easily-digestible way of understanding group dynamics, the practicalities of running a group, and how to participate in one. It covers how and where to set up a group, including the type of room used, the size of the group and the arrangement of chairs, and the importance of boundaries and rules within a group. It also covers issues such as communication, sensitivity, listening, leadership, decision-making, labelling and stereotyping, and forms of participation, among many others. Each topic is illustrated with a lively drawing to communicate the ideas presented. This second edition also covers diversity throughout and how to apply the ideas in the book to different settings. Based on research but written in an instantly accessible style, this fun guide will be essential reading for all those involved in groupwork including health and social care practitioners, volunteers, advice workers, youth workers and students.
 

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Contents

A Guide to Running and Participating in Successful Groups 1 Introduction
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A Guide to Running and Participating in Successful Groups 2 Applying this Book to your Situation
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A Guide to Running and Participating in Successful Groups 3 Running a Group
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A Guide to Running and Participating in Successful Groups 4 A Brief Look at Origins of Group Behaviour
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A Guide to Running and Participating in Successful Groups 5 Setting up Groups
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A Guide to Running and Participating in Successful Groups 6 Boundaries and Rules
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A Guide to Running and Participating in Successful Groups 7 Some Ways of Loooking at Group Development
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A Guide to Running and Participating in Successful Groups 8 What Goes on in Groups
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A Guide to Running and Participating in Successful Groups 9 Endings
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A Guide to Running and Participating in Successful Groups Appendix Running a group preparation checklist
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A Guide to Running and Participating in Successful Groups BibliograpgyAQ
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Maggie Kindred is a retired qualified social worker, trainer and practice teacher. Michael Kindred is a freelance games designer and educational consultant. Their interests lie in groupwork, communication skills and teamwork, and they have written several publications in these areas. Maggie is author of A Practical Guide to Working with Reluctant Clients in Health and Social Care, published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

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