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Groupwork: A Handbook of Effective Skills and Interventions
Trevithick, Pamela
Open University Press / Softcover / 2021-01-01 / 0335222552
Group Psychotherapy / Forthcoming
price: $38.95 (may be subject to change)
256 pages
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The book is clearly grounded in the practice wisdom and knowledge base of the author, providing a strong reflective and analytical element, often missing in other more purely theoretical or practice based publications. The text looks at the creative and innovative use of basic groupwork skills and the ways that a knowledge of groupwork theory and practice can inform different areas of human service delivery, particularly in relation to health, education and welfare contexts. The book takes as its starting point the view that groupwork is a skilled activity. However, it is also an intellectual activity because to be an effective groupworker, practitioners need to have a sound knowledge base and to be able to translate that understanding in ways that underpin the skills and interventions that are applied in practice. This theoretical framework includes an analysis of the advantages and limitations of groupwork as a practice method. It also includes an account of the strengths and weaknesses of different groupwork approaches (e.g. cognitive-behavioural, psychodynamic, person-centred groupwork approaches), particularly when working with certain groups of people (e.g. with young people, women’s groups), specific dilemmas (e.g. bereavement groups), social problems (e.g. groups for ‘offenders’) or certain contexts (e.g. work with families and communities).


Social work knowledge and research based practice

Law, social policy and the importance of social perspectives

Understanding human beings in their social context

Social work skills, interventions and transferability

Communication: The importance of observation, listening and interpersonal skills

Interviewing skills

Assessment: Factors informing decision-making, action and practice effectiveness

Personalising services: Providing help, direction and guidance

Empowerment: The change process and supporting people to take charge of their lives

Professional competence, accountability and record keeping

Conclusion: Shaping the future of social work



About the Author:

Dr Pamela Trevithick is Visiting Professor in Social Work at Buckinghamshire New University, UK and the Chair of GAPS, a membership organisation promoting relationship-based approaches, and psychodynamic and systemic thinking in social work. She lectures widely in the UK and abroad on a range of issues relating to effective social work practice.

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