Presents the basic knowledge that is required to set up and work with a group. This book emphasizes the various levels of group experience and gives suggestions for working imaginatively with them. It is suitable for social workers, psychologists, educationalists and for those working with groups.
This is a new edition of the classic group work textbook! In "Working More Creatively with Groups", Jarlath Benson presents the basic knowledge required to set up and work with a group. He looks at how to plan and lead a group successfully and how to intervene skilfully. As well as covering the different stages in the life of a group, the book emphasizes the various levels of group experience and gives suggestions for working imaginatively with them. This thoroughly updated new edition not only provides a basic guide to group work but shows the group worker how to move on to more in-depth and intensive work. Each chapter is updated and expanded and the book includes two new chapters. The first focuses on working with and developing different sorts of groups along the therapeutic/educational continuum. The second new chapter will discuss how to best use a supervisory process and set up and run a supervisory group. Well known and widely used by social workers, psychologists, educationalists and youth workers, this popular text is suitable for all those working with groups.
Introduction 1 How to plan the group 2 Leading and setting up the group 3.An introduction to group dynamics and process 4 Work at the beginning stages of the group: inclusion issues 5 Work at the middle stages of the group: control issues 6 Work at the later stages of the group: affection issues 7 Work at the ending stage of the group: separation issues 8 The foundations of creative group work 9 The skills of creative group work 10 The techniques of creative group work 11 Working more intensively with groups: focus and context 12 Working more synthetically with the group 13 Working with different types of Groups 14 Setting up and running a supervisory group 15 Keeping your practice going