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Group Work : Skills and Strategies for Effective Interventions - Sondra Brandler

Group Work

Skills and Strategies for Effective Interventions

Paperback Published: 7th June 1999
ISBN: 9780789007407
Number Of Pages: 368

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Group Work: Skills and Strategies for Effective Interventions, Second Edition examines eclectic approaches to group work and discusses ways to help practitioners offer more successful services to clients. This edition includes new material on complicated value dilemmas and specific techniques in confrontation and in humor in groups. Complete with more games and exercises for group sessions, this enlightening book also contains excerpts and discussions of case studies that will serve as a valuable reference that may be applied to your own experiences. Group Work will help you provide improved services to clients as it discusses effective suggestions and strategies, such as: gaining an understanding of "self," or the process by which you identify internal responses to external stimuli created by the group unlocking the underlying meanings, themes, and needs of a group by examining transference and countertransference issuesestablishing guidelines, structures, and goals and purposes for groups and defining your role in achieving these standardshelping you identify and work through feelings of boredom, helplessness, sadness, and anger, which are potential barriers to the work of the grouphelping the group translate nonverbal expressions of similar feelings as they manifest themselves in certain group behaviors, including absence and lateness, lethargy in communication, and acting outending groups properly to ensure progress is maintained and separation is not damaging Intelligent and informative, Group Work features charts and a glossary of games and exercises that will help you offer your group the services they need. Full of new strategies and methods, this second edition will serve as an essential guide for all types of situations that arise in your groups.

Prefacep. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Mutual Aidp. 4
Group Cohesionp. 6
Catharsisp. 6
Masteryp. 7
Modelsp. 7
Group Phasesp. 9
Use of Selfp. 10
In the Beginningp. 15
The Members' Issuesp. 15
The Worker's Role: Use of Self and Issues of Authorityp. 17
Role of the Worker: Beginning Tasks and Issues for the Groupp. 20
Contractingp. 21
Engagementp. 27
Trusting and Testingp. 31
Moving from the Concrete to the Thematicp. 36
Conclusionp. 40
In the Middlep. 41
The Members' Issuesp. 41
The Worker's Role: Use of Self and Issues of Authorityp. 45
The Group As Motherp. 48
Working on a Shared Problemp. 54
Obstaclesp. 69
Confrontationp. 70
Conclusionp. 80
Endingsp. 83
The Members' Issuesp. 83
The Worker's Role: Use of Self and Issues of Authorityp. 86
Termination of a Member: A Group Issuep. 88
Lost in Feelingsp. 94
Staving with Feelingsp. 101
Termination and Regressionp. 106
Conclusionp. 111
Group Planningp. 113
Needs Assessmentp. 114
Purposep. 115
Compositionp. 116
Structurep. 118
Contentp. 119
Pregroup Contactsp. 120
Agency Contextp. 121
Planning a Group for Persons with AIDSp. 126
Conclusionp. 133
The Use of Programming in Groupsp. 135
Manipulating Aspects of Activities to Meet Clients' Needsp. 141
The Group Muralp. 144
Saying Good-Byep. 150
Acting Out Feelingsp. 156
Use of the Small Group in Large Group Settingsp. 161
Conclusionp. 165
Manifest and Latent Contentp. 179
Use of Self: The Worker's Role As Authorityp. 183
Tuning In to Nonverbal Cuesp. 187
Acting Out Feelingsp. 192
Following a Themep. 193
Growing by Respecting the Message of the Groupp. 196
Clarifying Communicationp. 200
Symbolic Expressionp. 201
The Hunger Artistp. 203
Confronting Acting-Out Behavior and Powerful Latent Themesp. 207
Introductionp. 207
Powerful Angry Feelingsp. 209
Confrontation in Beginningsp. 212
Tips on Confrontingp. 217
Avoiding Confrontationp. 221
Worker's Confrontation with Selfp. 226
Using Humor in Groupsp. 231
The Absurdity of Sufferingp. 232
We Can Either Laugh or Cryp. 232
I Am What I Amp. 237
Getting the Message Throughp. 239
Laughing Through Our Tearsp. 242
Special Practice Issuesp. 247
Special Structuresp. 247
Co-Therapyp. 251
A Cooperative Effortp. 253
Parallel Processp. 258
Working Out Irreconcilable Differencesp. 259
Dealing with Problematic Situationsp. 265
Scapegoatingp. 267
Differences and Sameness: The Use of Selfp. 270
Conclusionp. 274
Value Dilemmas in Group Practicep. 277
Matters of Confidentialityp. 278
Individual versus Individual and Individual versus Groupp. 281
Group versus Agencyp. 284
Groups As Reflective of Democratic Processp. 287
Positions of Professionals Dealing with Ethical Issues Expressed in Groupsp. 290
Conclusionp. 294
Glossary of Group Games and Exercisesp. 297
Activities for Use in Beginningsp. 297
Activities for Use in Middlesp. 307
Activities for Use in Endingsp. 319
Additional Programmatic Materialp. 326
Bibliographyp. 327
Indexp. 341
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ISBN: 9780789007407
ISBN-10: 0789007401
Series: Haworth Social Work Practice,
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 7th June 1999
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.47
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: New edition