Inside Group Work: A Guide to Reflective Practice by Fiona McDermott

By Fiona McDermott

Offering a modern reflective, context-based method of workforce paintings, this introductory team paintings textbook is perfect for college students in social paintings, neighborhood paintings, health and wellbeing, and welfare or as a certified reference. Drawing on thought-provoking contributions from skilled team leaders and individuals, the ebook outlines a few of the ways that workforce paintings can be utilized. Focusing fairly on psychoeducation teams, psychotherapy teams, mutual relief teams, and social motion teams, it explains that the aim of the crowd may still confirm the shape it takes. the foremost facilitation talents of listening, staring at, intervening, and responding stressed are defined as are some of the levels teams battle through and the ways that team facilitators can deal with general difficulties. Explored are problems with strength, management, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and age.

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The group leader takes a somewhat non-interactive and distant stance which facilitates participants’ projections and fantasies. These often unconsciously derived projections are evident in transference and 44 THEORETICAL BASIS OF GROUP WORK counter-transference reactions. The group leader’s role is to offer interpretations which focus on these unconscious productions, enabling members’ anxieties and distortions to become visible and, in this way, assist the participant to gain insight into him/herself.

23 INSIDE GROUP WORK Getting started These brief introductions and accounts of their group work and participation give us a hint of the depth of knowledge and experience each person holds. For the most part, their purposes in forming or joining a group have arisen from personal experience and reflection, reinforced by their continued participation in the work of the group. Heather, for example, exemplifies the reflective practitioner, mining her knowledge base for different and more meaningful ways to meet the needs of her service users.

Why? How? ’ Criticisms of group work practice drawing on structural accounts of social and political relations refer to the absence of focus on individual problems, and a tendency to ignore the ‘inner workings’ of groups. One of the limitations of this approach might be that it fails to adequately encompass individuals’ thoughts, feelings and explanations about how they see themselves and how they manage their individual ‘problems in living’. This suggests that, in some situations—for example, where participants are confronting lifethreatening illness—this theoretical approach might not be the primary perspective underlying the group’s formation.

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