1st Edition

An Introduction to Group Work Skill

By Fred Milson Copyright 1973
    206 Pages
    by Routledge

    First Published in 1973, An Introduction to Group Work Skill is designed to make the understanding of group work skills accessible to all- mothers, teachers, employers, as well as professional social workers. Dr Milson argues that this lengthy and imaginative excursion has been thought necessary as we are here concerned with the behaviour of people in groups which meet fairly regularly, which are small enough to provide opportunities for every member to know every other member as a person, and where there is a goal to be achieved which calls for a contribution from each.

    The author further argues that group work skill is composed of observation, interpretation, and action, and he proceeds to analyze each of these elements in successive chapters. This is an interesting read for students of sociology of work and social work.

    1. Group work for everybody 2. What is happening in groups? 3. Observation 4. Interpretation 5. Action 6. Leadership Notes and References Suggestions for Further Reading Subject Index Author Index


    Fred Milson at the time of publication of this book was the Head of Youth and Community Service Department, Westhill College of Education, Birmingham.

    ‘In his second chapter, which follows a lively introduction intended to reassure non-professionals, he draws on a wide range of authors, happily including also “non-professional” fiction writers- Dickens, Rudyard Kipling, J.M. Barrie, William Golding- to bring group dynamics down to earth… All this is supplemented by his own experience as a trainer, and some practical suggestions about using ordinary everyday scenes to analyse group behaviour.’

    - J. H. A. Botting, Community Development Journal, Volume 9, Issue 3, October 1974.