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Inside Group Work : A Guide to Reflective Practice - Fiona McDermott

Inside Group Work

A Guide to Reflective Practice

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A valuable guide to working with groups for a variety of purposes in the human services. Its distinctive strength is the focus on 'thinking group' and on theory informed reflective practice. Grounded throughout in the rich experiences of 'group insiders', the book is both engaging and informative. Definitely a recommended resource for practitioners, students and educators. Ros Thorpe, Professor of Social Work and Community Welfare, James Cook University Group facilitation is a core skill for social workers, community workers, youth workers, health workers and psychologists. Inside Group Work offers a guide to group work theory and practice in a variety of human service settings. Drawing on thought-provoking contributions from experienced group leaders and participants, Fiona McDermott 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, she 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. But McDermott argues these skills by themselves are not sufficient. Rather, facilitators need to 'think group' in order to be most effective. McDermott also explains the various stages groups go through, and looks at ways in which group facilitators can handle typical problems. She explores issues of power and leadership, and also the influence of gender, sexuality, ethnicity and age.

A very practical and accessible book. ...a valuable text not only for new practitioners, for whom it will be an excellent introduction to groupwork theory and practice, but also for experienced practitioners' (GroupworkVol.15 (2))

Acknowledgmentsp. vi
Introductionp. 1
'Why Would You Do It on Your Own?'p. 16
'It's More like Growing Plants Than Running a Machine'p. 30
'A Series of Tasks Anyone Can Do'p. 58
'It's Got a Life of Its Own'p. 80
'Dealing with the Dynamics of a Very Emotional Thing'p. 92
'The People in It Create It'p. 107
'Laughter and Tears'p. 138
'It's a Bit of a Risk ... You Just Don't Know What Will Happen'p. 161
'Outward Looking and Moving On'p. 193
Epiloguep. 207
Referencesp. 211
Indexp. 223
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ISBN: 9781865088921
ISBN-10: 1865088927
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 232
Published: 1st February 2003
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Dimensions (cm): 20.8 x 14.0  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.35