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Groupwork Practice in Social Work 3ed

by Trevor Lindsay and Sue Orton Learning Matters
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The social work degree requires that students clearly demonstrate competence in working with groups. Many social work students will begin working with families, communities and organisations before they qualify and are regularly assessed on this groupwork practice through assignments and observation. The practical focus of this book on planning, organising, facilitating and evaluating groupwork will help students to develop their skills and pass assessment, increasing confidence during placement groupwork activities.

Many students also find it difficult to manage challenging behaviour in groups, especially if the particpants are service users managing their own issues like drug or substance misuse. Specialist skills are needed to cope in challenging groups and the authors look at how students can develop their existing skills to cope and respond to challenges.

A practical and accessible textbook, Groupwork Practice in Social Work is essential reading to help students through their complex and challenging Groupwork assessments.

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

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.

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.