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. 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.
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.
A practical and accessible textbook, Groupwork Practice in Social Work is essential reading to help students through their complex and challenging Groupwork assessments.
New material on working with service user groups
New material for students who are being assessed in a group
Updated case studies
This book is in the Transforming Social Work Practice series. All books in the series are affordable, mapped to the Social Work Curriculum, practical with clear links between theory & practice and written to the Professional Capabilities Framework.
Trevor Lindsay draws on twenty years experience as a practitioner, manager and trainer in the probation service. Since 1995 he has been a lecturer at the University of Ulster, where he has taught a range of social work subjects at both qualifying and post-qualifying levels. He has published research articles on hate crime, groupwork, criminal justice and student learning and is co-author of Groupwork Practice in Social Work in the Transforming Social Work Practice series. Trevor recently retired from teaching but continues to write. 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.
Introduction 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 Conclusion