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Essential Groupworker: Teaching and Learning Creative Groupwork

by Mark Doel and Catherine Sawdon Jessica Kingsley Publishers
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Focusing on how groupwork can be learnt and taught, the authors of this accessible and lively book consider what is essential in effective work with groups. They develop a practice model which is applicable to a wide range of approaches and actively promotes anti-oppressive groupwork. It has been extensively trialled and refined in a mainstream social services agency.

Using 'activities' to promote the reader's understanding and involvement, The Essential Groupworker describes how to plan, set up and maintain a working group. The authors look at the ways in which power and power relations, and individual and group identities influence the success or failure of a group. They show how to evaluate outcomes and apply knowledge gained through experience, and consider ways of approaching group endings. Written for students, practitioners and educators, The Essential Groupworker will stimulate effective and creative groupwork practice in a wide variety of settings.

Part One: Groupwork in Context 1. Why groupwork? 2. Education and training for groupwork. 3. Power and oppression in groupwork. Part Two: Groupwork in Action. 4. The planning phase. 5. Offering groupwork. 6. The first session and the group agreement. 7. Action techniques in groups. 8. Interactional techniques in groups. 9. Individual behaviours in the group. 10. The individual and the group. 11. Co-working and leadership in groups. 12. Recording and evaluating groupwork. 12. Endings in groupwork. References. Index.

This is an important new book that offers some useful insights into the use of groupwork in a wide variety of settings…Described as a "celebration of groupwork", it seeks to challenge the idea that it is an outmoded method of social work intervention, with no value in the modern world- and it is very successful in doing so. It provides a clear and helpful analysis for both practitioners of groupwork and people seeking to teach groupwork as a practice tool. It is clearly written and well informed by an appropiate blend of theory, research and practice experience…It also features the rather interesting- and helpful device- of including a number of pages that can be photocopied for training purposes without breaching copyright…a very worth-while addition to the literature. I am sure it will be of great value to trainers, mainly as a text that can be used to facilitate groupwork training. However, it also has much to offer as a general aid to understanding the intricacies of group interaction in a training context, and should therefore be a valuable and important resource for trainers.
Mark Doel is Research Professor of Social Work in the Centre for Health and Social Care Research at Sheffield Hallam University. He was a social worker for almost twenty years, is an experienced trainer and has published widely in the fields of practice teaching, groupwork and task-centred practice, with five of his books in foreign translations. He is the academic lead on a project to develop social work education in the republic of Georgia.