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Making Groups Work

Rethinking Practice

Making Groups Work by Joan Benjamin
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A practical introduction to group facilitation for students in the human services.

Most of us work in them, most of us live in them. Some are complex, some are simple. Some meet only once while others last for decades. Whatever form they take, groups are central to our lives.

Making Groups Work offers a comprehensive introduction to the key issues in group work. It outlines the role of groups and the history of group work, discusses group politics, and shows how groups can help promote social change. Detailed case studies are used to make the crucial link between theory and practice. The authors also offer strategies for making groups work effectively. Making Groups Work is essential reading for social workers, health workers, counsellors, community workers, youth workers, trainers and anyone else interested in working with groups. It is also a good introductory text for students and a handy reference for professionals.

Allen & Unwin; January 1998
209 pages; ISBN 9781741155600
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Title: Making Groups Work
Author: Joan Benjamin; Judith Bessant; Rob Watts