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Palgrave Macmillan

A-Z of Groups and Groupwork

ISBN 9780230308572
Publication Date December 2013
Formats Paperback Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Professional Keywords

If you are in need of a clear and compact introduction to the theory and practice of groupwork, then this is the book for you.

The A-Z of Groupwork identifies over 70 themes and ideas that, taken together, encapsulate our collective knowledge of groups and groupwork across a range of practice settings. Deft cross-referencing shows the connections between entries, so that you can easily investigate the relationships between ideas, as well as explore different pathways through the material.

Straightforward in its language and structure, and packed with the latest academic references, the book is ideally suited for study purposes. Equally importantly, it is written with practice application in mind. Its succinct and accessible style makes it an ideal starting-point for people new to groupwork, but also provides the more experienced practitioner with a perfect gateway into the wider literature.

Whether you work, or intend to work, in mental health, adult or children's services, in health, social work, community work or youth work roles, this book should prove an invaluable source of theory, research evidence and reflection.

Mark Doel is Emeritus Professor of Social Work at Sheffield Hallam University, UK. He is the author of many books, including Using Groupwork (2005) and The Essential Groupworker (1999) with Catherine Sawdon.

Timothy B. Kelly is Professor of Social Work at the University of Dundee, Scotland. He co-edits the journal Groupwork and has been Secretary and Vice-President of the Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups.

Accountability
Activities
Beginnings, Middles and Endings
Cohesion
Collective
Community groups
Confidentiality
Conflict
Contexts
Counselling groups
Co-working
Democracy
Development
Differences and similarities
Difficulties in groups
Encounter groups
Evaluation
Evidence-base
Flash groups
Gender
Groundrules
Group as a whole
Group dynamics
Group supervision
Groupthink
Health groups
History of groupwork
Human development and groups
Individuals
Involuntary groups
Joining and leaving
Leadership
Learning groups
Manualised groups
Membership
Methods and Models
Open and closed groups
Organisations as groups
Outcomes
Planning and Preparation
Populations
Power
Problem-solving
Process
Purpose
Race
Recording and documentation
Recreation groups
Reflection and groupwork
Research using groups
Researching groups
Residential groups
Resources
Roles
Selection
Self-help groups
Sessions
Silence
Size
Skills
Social action
Structure
Subgroups
Supervision of groupwork
Support groups
Taboos
Tasks
Teamwork
Theories
Therapy groups
Time
Values
Venue
Virtual groups
Work groups
 
 

Reviews

'This comprehensive, clear and well written text provides a valuable resource for anyone involved in the planning, preparation and delivery of groupwork.' – Jane Westergaard, Senior Lecturer in Education, Canterbury Christ Church University, UK
'A unique contribution which thoughtfully and clearly explains salient social group work concepts and terms.' – Alex Gitterman, Zachs Professor of Social Work, Director of Doctoral Program, University of Connecticut, US
"Doel and Kelly present 75 topics; each entry typically has three suggested further readings. A comprehensive international bibliography features over 500 entries … This volume will be a valuable addition to collections in a variety of social sciences."- Choice
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