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Groupwork Practice in Social Work

Groupwork Practice in Social Work

Third Edition

April 2014 | 168 pages | Learning Matters

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. 

Key updates:

  • 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.

    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

    teaches group work from an application point of view that diploma level students can comprehend and apply.

    Mr Keith C Tan
    School of Humanities, Ngee Ann Polytechnic
    October 6, 2015

    A focused succinct and user friendly text book. Ideal for my under-graduate learning group. Authors clearly well informed and quite expert on the subject.

    Mr Sean McEntee
    Department of Social Work, Ulster University
    January 17, 2016

    This book has plenty of useful information and is well structured. While parts of this book are really helpful it does go over a lot of information already covered by so many other books and websites on groupwork. However, because it is directed toward social work and some passages are really quite insightful, I would recommend it.

    Dr Davy Walsh
    Health Sciences, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology
    October 21, 2015

    A comprehensive overview of group work. This text is easy to read and has some useful tips and strategies for all student health and social care professionals interested in facilitating groups

    Ms Diane Cotterill
    Health , York St John University
    June 29, 2015

    This is a good supplementary book for groupwork

    Mark Hammond
    Dept of Sociology & Appl'd Soc Studies, Ulster University
    May 29, 2015

    A clear and accessible text to support students learning and practice in relation to group work.

    The chapters set out the fundamental steps in developing and facilitating group work. Each chapter offers further readings and suggested activities to consolidate learning which is especially useful.

    Miss Tracy Ramsey
    Social Work Department, Liverpool Hope University
    August 14, 2014

    This is a useful text, providing students in social work and youth and communiy work an analysis of the importance of group work as a tool for developmental practice.

    Miss Tracy Ramsey
    Social Work Department, Liverpool Hope University
    July 24, 2015

    Useful book which enhances understanding of processes of group work in practice

    Mrs Nicola Meek
    Services To People, Merthyr Tydfil College
    June 5, 2014

    Groupwork within social work is becoming more common place. This new edition equips the students social worker with background knowledge and tools to undertake groupwork in their placement settings and beyond.

    Mr Dave Mason
    Faculty of Health Sciences, Staffordshire University
    June 4, 2014
    Key features

    Key need 1 Social Work students are assessed on their groupwork skills and competence
    Key feature This book contains specific action points to help students through this assessment
    Key benefit Students will be able to use this book to help them pass their groupwork assignments and assessment

    Key need 2 Students can struggle with the planning and delivery of groupwork as it is often a self-directed activity
    Key feature Covers groupwork process in a clear, step-by-step way with chapters on various key aspects of planning and delivery
    Key benefit Students will be able to use the book as a tool to build and design their own groupwork activities

    Key need 3 Students can be intimidated by challenging behaviour in groups
    Key feature the book offers practical solutions / skills to working with challenging behaviour, including services users coping with alcohol or substance misuse
    Key benefit Students will be able to use these skills to empower service users who may be otherwise feel disenfranchised

    Key need 4 lecturers often use observation to assess groupwork
    Key feature this book will contain specific advice to students who are being assessed in this way
    Key benefit students will feel more confident in understanding the requirements of this type of assessment

    1.      Update in terms of the Professional Capabilities Framework.

    2.       New additional chapter "Groupwork in action" giving practice examples of the method, e.g. groupwork with survivors of domestic violence, children who have experienced domestic violence, alcohol/drug misuse, offenders, young people in distress, children of divorce, older people reminiscence, people with learning difficulties, survivors of sexual abuse.

    3.      Review of case studies with some rewriting

    4.      New chapter on Learning to include learning styles, learning in action and learning in groups and also the impact/use of Social Media. More explicit material on passing groupwork assessment

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