From Strength to Strength: A Manual for Professionals Who by Pat Jewell, Prue Blackmore

By Pat Jewell, Prue Blackmore

A realistic source for facilitators of mum or dad teams. It goals to reinforce emotional wellness in all family and to construct a feeling of group.

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1997) Child Development (5th edition), Sydney: Allen & Bacon. Brazelton, T. (1996) Touchpoints, Sydney: Doubleday. Kaplan, P. (1999) A Child’s Odyssey: Child and adolescent development, Belmont, CA: Wadsworth. Myers, B. (1996) Raising Responsible Teenagers. Melbourne: ACER Press. Sheridan, M. (1997) From Birth to Five Years, Melbourne: ACER Press. Searle, R. (1993) Watch Me Grow, set of five videos about the developing child (0–5 years), NSW: NSW Project for Isolated Children. Fro m 34 Stre ngt h to Stre n gth S to S_Section 02 2/9/04 4:32 PM Page 35 Behaviour and discipline The term ‘discipline’ is most commonly associated with the negative, with the act of punishing a particular action.

For the purposes of strength-based group facilitators, parent groups usually follow a linear progression of development, as described below: 1 An ‘introduction’ stage, during which participants do not know each other and are therefore wary. There may be only tentative participation in the beginning, with all comments from participants communicated to and from the facilitator. 2 A ‘feeling more comfortable’ stage, in which participants can test group rules as they work out the roles they will play in the group.

Participation may be a bit confrontational. 3 A ‘settled’ stage, during which the group works cohesively together, roles have been worked out and accepted, and all are working to achieve the goals of the group (these may not be overtly articulated, however). Participation may be from one participant to the other, rather than through the facilitator as in the introductory stage. Participants will start to work out their own solutions and share ideas. 4 The ‘end’ of the group, a time at which there may be some sadness.

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