Inside Group Work

Inside Group Work

Inside Group Work

Inside Group Work

Synopsis

"An introductory group work textbook for students in social work, community work, health and welfare."

Excerpt

A book about working with groups confronts us with a dilemma: can we really learn about something as dynamic and interactive as group work from the static medium of a book? Here is what a group participant and a group worker say:

You have to have done a bit (of group work) yourself to understand the process. I think it's not something you could learn from a textbook or have someone tell you or take down notes at a lecture—I think you would have to have experienced [it] yourself in a personal way, not experienced it by sitting in and observing a group functioning but you being a participating member of a group. If you haven't done that I don't think you could effectively lead a group … because you just couldn't understand what it was like for people who were in the group. (Bernard, a participant in a psychotherapy group)

If you want to work with groups—be in a few of them … find a group that is doing something that is of relevance to you and . . .

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