Mutual-Aid Model for Social Work with Groups

ISBN-10: 0415703220
ISBN-13: 9780415703222
Edition: 3rd 2014 (Revised)
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Book details

Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 2/12/2014
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

Group work is a popular and widely used social work method. Focusing particularly on the central role of mutual aid in effective group work, this text presents the theoretical base, outlines core principles, and introduces the skills for translating those theories and principles into practice.A Mutual Aid Model for Social Work with Groups will help readers to catalyze the strengths of group members such that they become better problem solvers in all areas of life from the playroom to the boardroom. Increased coverage of evaluation and evidence-based practice speaks to the field's growing concern with monitoring process and assessing progress. The book also includes: worker-based obstacles to mutual aid, their impact, and their antidotespre-group planning including new discussion on curriculum groupsgroup building by prioritizing certain goals and norms in the new groupthe significance of time and place on mutual aid and the role of the group worker maintaining mutual aid during so-called individual problem solving an expanded discussion of anti-oppression and anti-oppressive practiceunlocking a group's potential to make difference and conflict usefulspecial considerations in working with time-limited, open-ended, and very large groups. Case examples are used throughout to help bridge the gap between theory and practice, and exercises for class or field, help learners to immediately apply conceptual material to their practice. All resources required to carry out the exercises are contained in over 20 appendices at the end of the book. Key points at the end of each chapter recap the major concepts presented, and a roster of recommended reading for each chapter points the reader to further resources on each topic. Designed to support ethical and successful practice, this textbook is an essential addition to the library of any social work student or human service practitioner working with groups.

The Mutual-aid Model of Social Work with Groups
The Nine Dynamics of Mutual Aid and Their Implications for Practice
Ten Common Worker-Based Obstacles to Mutual Aid, Their Impact, and Their Antidotes
Pre-Group Planning with Mutual Aid in Mind
Early Group Goals and Norms
Mutual Aid, "Time and Place," and the Role of the Worker
Individual Problem Solving with Mutual Aid in Mind
Mutual Aid and Authority
The Role of Conflict in a Mutual-Aid System
Mutual-Aid Practice with Single-Session Groups
Mutual-Aid Practice with Short-Term Groups
Mutual-Aid Practice with Open-Ended Groups
Mutual-Aid Practice with Very Large Groups
Evaluation
Mutual Aid Dynamics and Their Related Skills
Generic Skills for Catalyzing Mutual Aid
Assessing Group Purpose Statements
Assessing Statements - Instructor Cheat Sheet
Exercise Guide: Transforming Statements into Statements of Group Purpose
Exercise Guide: Developing a Group Purpose
Case record: Group Work v. Casework in a Group
Case Record: Group Work V. Casework in a Group
Skills for Maintaining Mutual Aid during Individual Problem Solving
Skills for Decentralizing Authority
Exercise Guide: The Impact of Conflict Resolution Strategies on Mutual Aid
Skills for Maintaining Mutual Aid during Conflict
Exercise Guide: Applying the Keys to Dealing with Group Conflict
Exercise Guide: Catalyzing Mutual Aid in Single-Session Groups
Skills for Catalyzing Mutual Aid in Single-Session Groups
Skills for Catalyzing Mutual Aid in Short-Term Groups
Skills for Catalyzing Mutual Aid in Open-Ended Groups
Skills for Catalyzing Mutual Aid in Very Large Groups
Exercise Guide: Introducing Mutual-Aid Practice into the Very Large Group
Mutual-Aid Practice: Ten Common Obstacles and Antidotes

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