In this classic text Jarlath Benson presents the basic and essential knowledge required to set up and work with a group. He looks at how to plan and lead a group successfully and how to intervene skilfully. As well as covering the different stages in the life of a group, the book emphasizes the various levels of group experience and gives suggestions for working more creatively with them.
For this new edition the author has added two new chapters reflecting how his own thinking and practice have developed since the book was first published. In the first he presents his new model for planning, setting up and working with reflective practice groups which are increasingly used in professional settings and agencies across the public sector and health care. In the second he considers why some groups fail and offers practical and helpful ideas and insights to guide agencies and groupworkers to think and plan more systemically, and provides a series of clinical vignettes that facilitates each of these contexts and perspectives.
There is also an expanded section on how to plan and conduct the sophisticated art of co-working and again a series of clinical vignettes that illustrate best practice.
Working More Creatively with Groups is well known to countless social workers, psychologists, teachers and community workers and many other professionals who utilize and employ groupwork in their practice. This new edition not only provides the basic guide to groupwork but also shows how to move on to more in-depth and intensive work.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1 How to plan the group; 2 Leading and setting up the group; 3 An introduction to group dynamics and process; 4 Work at the beginning stages of the group: inclusion issues; 5 Work at the middle stages of the group: control issues; 6 Work at the later stages of the group: affection issues; 7 Work at the ending stage of the group: separation issues; 8 The foundations of creative groupwork; 9 The skills of creative groupwork; 10 The techniques of creative groupwork; 11 Working more intensively with groups: focus and context; 12 Working more synthetically with the group; 13 Working with different types of groups; 14 How to set up and run a reflective practice croup; 15 Setting up and running a supervisory group; 16 Why some groups don’t work and what you might do about it; 17 Keep your practice going; Name index; Subject index
Jarlath Benson is a psychotherapist working in private practice in Belfast and London for the past 35 years.