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Self-Help and Support Groups
A Handbook for Practitioners



March 1997 | 248 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
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 GROUP
 
Introduction
 
Helping Characteristics and Change Mechanisms in Self-Help Groups
 
Ideology, Climate, Structure and Professionalization in Self-Help and Support Groups
 
PART TWO: THE MEMBER
 
Beginning Participation
 
Long-Term Participation
 
PART THREE: THE PRACTITIONER
 
Practitioner Roles with Support Groups
 
Practitioner Relationships with Self-Help Groups
 
PART FOUR: REPRESENTATIVE GROUPS
 
Twelve Step Programs
 
Other Change Oriented Associations: Recovery Inc and Parents Anonymous
 
Supportive Educational Groups
 
Telephone and On-Line Self-Help

This is a classic and provides a great introductory text into the alcoholic self. The section of this book committed to social isolation and protective practices is ahead of its time and still relevant in the context of heavy end alcohol use.

Mr William McGovern
Sch of Health,Community & Educ Studies, Northumbria University
May 28, 2014

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