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Groupwork Practice for Social Workers

Groupwork Practice for Social Workers

© 2014 | 192 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Working with families, carers, groups and communities is something all social work students must prepare for. Written to guide you through these varied and complex groupwork situations, this book explores the knowledge, skills and values required for groupwork practice. Divided into two parts, the first provides an understanding of groupwork, its concepts and contexts, while the second takes you step-by-step through groupwork practice, from planning and preparation, to starting out, facilitating and finally ending work with a group.

Different service contexts including work with children, with users who have learning disabilities, in mental health settings, and more, are covered throughout the book, with case studies, activities and reflective opportunities helping you to understand the complexities of these contexts.

This text is a comprehensive and contemporary guide to groupwork in social work today.

Groupwork in context
Introducing groupwork
The context of groupwork
Understanding groupwork
Groupwork practice
Planning and preparation
Setting up and starting out
Facilitating – methods and techniques
Closure and endings – what next?
Enhancing groupwork practice

A good basic guide to groupwork

Mr Alan Marshall
Faculty of Education and Society, Sunderland University
December 13, 2016

A good, up to date overview of an underappreciated area of social work practice

Dr Robert J Hagan
Department of Sociology & Applied Social Studies, University of Ulster
July 22, 2016

This book is a good introduction for student social workers to get to grips with group work and provides the foundations. It outlines the key theories in groupwork practice, and provides helpful examples and practical advice. The activities and discussion points are also useful.

School of Human Sciences, Swansea University
February 19, 2016

Excellent book to guide students through complex group work situations, the book explores the knowledge, skills and values required for groupwork practice.
Of importance are the step-by-step guidelines on group work practice, from initiation to completion.

Ms Dee Ann Kearney
Social Studies, Liberties College
January 19, 2016

A great text, timely and applied SW text for our 2nd year BA in Social Work Understanding Group Dynamics module (SWK505).

Good clear incremental chapter structures - full of useful reflective activities, tables, diagrams, critical comment and recommended further reading - ideal key modular core text for anyone leading a group work dynamics modules.

Mr David Gaylard
Social Work Bishop Otter, Chichester University
June 25, 2015

This book is really easy to read and covers the key concepts and ideas about groupwork practice in a really accessible way

Mrs Emma Reith-Hall
Working with Children, Young People and Families, Newman University
February 18, 2015

This is an accessible and informative book which provides a good overview of group workwith clear links to practice.

Dr Gillian Constable
Division of Social Work, Glasgow Caledonian University
February 5, 2015

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Groupwork Practice for Social Workers: Chapter 1

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Karin Crawford

Karin Crawford is a Principal Teaching Fellow in the School of Health and Social Care and Director of Teaching and Learning for the Faculty of Health, Life and Social Sciences at the University of Lincoln. More About Author

Marie Price

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