The first volume to address both self-help and support groups, and to provide a clear distinction between the two, Self-Help and Support Groups dispels misunderstandings and inaccurate assumptions about how they function, whom they attract and how they help participants achieve goals.
Linda Farris Kurtz informs practitioners and students in the human services about the concepts, theories and research relevant to self-help and support groups. She provides practical advice and direction for working with these groups while analyzing self-help/support organizations on three different levels in terms of: the groups themselves; the group members; and the practitioners' interactions with the groups. In addition, this comprehensive volume discusses the most prominent representative associations as examples of different types of groups, including Alcoholics Anonymous, Recovery, Inc, National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, and the Alzheimer's Association.
PART ONE: THE GROUPIntroductionHelping Characteristics and Change Mechanisms in Self-Help GroupsIdeology, Climate, Structure and Professionalization in Self-Help and Support GroupsPART TWO: THE MEMBERBeginning ParticipationLong-Term ParticipationPART THREE: THE PRACTITIONERPractitioner Roles with Support GroupsPractitioner Relationships with Self-Help GroupsPART FOUR: REPRESENTATIVE GROUPSTwelve Step ProgramsOther Change Oriented Associations: Recovery Inc and Parents AnonymousSupportive Educational GroupsTelephone and On-Line Self-Help