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Groupwork Practice in Social Work

Groupwork Practice in Social Work

Second Edition

160 pages | Learning Matters
Social work degree students must be confident in working with groups of service users as well as other professionals. This revised new edition introduces the practicalities of planning, establishing, facilitating and evaluating social work projects including small helping groups as well as interprofessional working parties. The authors examine the best methods in setting up a group, the issues around power and anti-oppressive practice, and how to cope with unexpected or unhelpful outcomes. This second edition features new material on sociodrama and psychodrama action methods, with more examples from actual groupwork projects.
What is groupwork?
Planning your group: initial planning decisions
Facilitation and co-facilitation
Setting up the group
Group processes
Programming and activities
Issues of power and oppression
Coping with unexpected or unhelpful responses
Monitoring, recording and evaluating your work

Easy to access and understand the book provides insight on planning, setting up, facilitating and evaluating small groups examining the underpinning theory and research. The activities and case studies encourage reflection and help link theory to practice. A helpful book for student Social Workers and anyone working with groups in Social Care.

Miss Jacky Foster
Social Work , Cornwall College
May 7, 2013

A useful introduction

Philip Gilligan
Dept of Social Sciences & Humanities, Bradford University
January 22, 2013

good introducion to group work theory & and application within practice

Mr Bob Cecil
Social Work, Community and Mental Health, Canterbury Christ Church University
December 18, 2012

This book will complement teaching across several year 1 and year 2 modules, which include a groupwork element. It's easy to read format engages students, even those for whom groupwork is a new concept.

Mrs Kay Wall
Social Work Office (Redditch), North East Worcestershire College
December 14, 2012

This is a very useful text for preparing students for placement where they may become involved in groupwork. the range of activities tried out in college has prepared students well for having the confidence to facilitate a group discussion or even a regular support group. feedback from students has been very positive.

Helen Casey
Department of Social Work, New College Durham
November 29, 2012

A comprehenensive text on groupwork and it makes essential reading for social work students

Dr Shepard Masocha
School of Social Policy, Sociology & Social Research, University of Kent
September 13, 2012

The book is well suited to the group work assessment and the requirement for a group presentation. The work also provides academic reference for the written assignment based on the presentation and case scenario

Ms Debbie Amas
Faculty of Health and Social Care, Anglia Ruskin University
May 1, 2012

Pitched at the right level in terms of language and content; extremely useful links made with key roles.

Ms Sue Olney
Family & Community Studies, Anglia Ruskin University
March 20, 2012

very clear and useful; ideal for all Social work years

Mrs Fiona Wilkes
Social Work Office (Redditch), North East Worcestershire College
December 23, 2011

Trevor Lindsay

Trevor Lindsay is Lecturer in Social Work at the University of Ulster. He has taught social work there for 12 years, particularly groupwork and criminal justice practice. His research interests lie in groupwork, criminal justice, anti-oppressive practice and drug therapies. Previously, he was a probation officer and manager in West Yorkshire, where he specialised in a number of groupwork projects, at different times managing a day centre, a probation hostel and a juvenile justice team. More About Author

Sue Orton

Sue Orton is Learning and Teaching Advisor based at the University of Sussex operating across UK Higher Education working with senior academics and professors to improve university learning and teaching. An innovator with drive, humour, flexibility and determination to devise, manage and deliver local and national initiatives on time and within budget. Has specific expertise in training trainers and experts in using experiential learning including learning design and delivery and people and team development. Teaches workshop facilitation, intervention skills, mentoring and coaching, emotional intelligence, and self and peer assessment. More About Author