You and Others: Reflective Practice for Group Effectiveness in Human Services

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Self-reflection is currently considered one of the most important tools in the human service professions, as well as one of the most difficult skills to learn. You and Others: Reflective Practice for Group Effectiveness in Human Services ,  is a unique Canadian text that applies a self-reflection approach to the study and practice of group work, providing practical ways for students to engage in self-reflection and self-assessment. The text includes case studies specific to the social services sector in Canada and interactive classroom exercises. It covers the important theories in human services studies and links them to practice in an applied and interactive format.

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In the work of human service, reflective practice is the foundation for ongoing professional judgment and must be taught, supported and practised.

 

This text is designed to help students link group theory to group practice through the use of real-life examples in human service. The focus on reflection as a conduit for growing self-awareness helps support students as they try out their individual styles of group participation.

 

The authors’ approach is based on their teaching philosophy that students need interactive exercises and case studies specific to the Social Services sector in Canada in order to best assimilate and accommodate their thinking about the vital role they play in all groups.

 

 

Throughout the text a reflection icon highlights suggestions for  individual student reflection opportunities.

 

CONTENTS

 

Chapter 1         Reflecting on You
Chapter 2         Group Dimensions
Chapter 3         Group Development
Chapter 4         Leadership and Group Roles
Chapter 5         Power in Groups
Chapter 6         Decision Making from a Shared Understanding
Chapter 7         You and Others

About the Author:

Linda McKinlay has been the Chair of the Early Childhood Education Department at Okanagan University College since 1991. She has an extensive background as an instructor, trainer and facilitator in the skills of interpersonal relationship building and effective group participation. Linda is also a longstanding member of a number of task forces for projects in the social service sector.

 

Heather Ross has been an instructor in the department of Early Childhood Education at Okanagan University College since 1995. Her areas of specialty are communication, group effectiveness and practicum placements.  She also has extensive practical experience as a childcare worker and runs her own business as a Behaviour Consultant, supporting and training families and staff in the field of child care.

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