Groupwork in Social Care
Planning and Setting Up Groups
Jessica Kingsley Publishers
In this extremely practical guide, Julie Phillips argues that preparation is the most important element in running successful groups, and explores the issues that practitioners should address. She demonstrates how to prepare effectively, drawing on eight extended case studies with a variety of groups ranging from a positive parenting group to an anger management group. She examines the initial decisions that must be made such as determining the size, purpose and goals of a group, and finding an appropriate meeting place. Anti-discriminatory practice, with an emphasis on power, race and gender issues, is highlighted as a fundamental consideration in planning a group. Phillips underpins her recommendations for practice with the theories behind groupwork and includes frameworks for analysing the effectiveness of group programmes. Groupwork in Social Care will be essential reading for students and qualified professionals working in the fields of occupational therapy, youth work, social work, probation and community mental health nursing.
RELATED TOPICS: Social Work
'The book gives inexperienced group workers an understanding of the issues to be considered when establishing groups.'- Community Care
Julie Phillips is Head of Social Work at University College Northampton, having previously worked as a lecturer in social work at the School of Social Work, Leicester University, and as a senior lecturer at Coventry University. She has also worked as a qualified social worker and as a consultant.
Preface. 1. The groupwork context. 2. Groups in practice. 3. Power, race and gender. 4. Group goals. 5. Physical environments. 6. Activities and group programmes. 7. Group structure. 8. Conclusion. References. Index.
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