Process and Action in Work with Groups

Process and Action in Work with Groups

The Preconditions for Treatment and Growth

1st Edition - January 1, 1979

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  • Author: Ken Heap
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483139531

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Process and Action in Work with Groups: The Preconditions for Treatment and Growth focuses on the development and dynamics of the work group method, taking into consideration worker-client relationships, interchanges between clients, and the role of social workers in the processes of support and control of the work group method. The book first offers information on the use of the group process, as well as resources and problems common to all social work methods and group process in social work. The manuscript then reviews the social worker's role in the group work process and the proposed model of the social group work process. The functions prior to first meeting and following group formation and elaboration of the proposed model are presented. The text elaborates on the uses of action and case studies on group work with elderly clients and young people at risk. Considerations include agency and its setting, contents of meeting, formation of the groups, and diversity of group members. The manuscript is a valuable reference for readers interested in the development and dynamics of the work group method.

Table of Contents

  • Contents


    1. Introduction

    2. Use of The Group Process

    Some Resources and Problems Common to All Social Work Methods

    The Group Process in Social Work


    Establishing Group Bond

    Group Resources

    3. The Social Worker's Role in the Group Work Process

    Functions Prior To First Meeting

    Functions Following Group Formation

    4. A Proposed Model of The Social Group Work Process

    5. The Uses of Action


    Aims For The Use of Action

    1. Stimulating Contact and Interaction

    2. Facilitating Communication About Problems

    3. Aiding Social Learning and Growth

    4. Increasing Self-Esteem Through Achievement

    5. Contributing To Environmental Change

    6. Preparing For Future Change

    Selected Readings

    6. A Case Extract — Group Work with Elderly Clients

    7. A Case Example — Group Work with Young People At Risk




Product details

  • No. of pages: 168
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 1980
  • Published: January 1, 1979
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483139531

About the Author

Ken Heap

About the Editor

Jean P. Nursten

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