Groupwork: A Handbook of Effective Skills and Interventions

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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).

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Pamela Trevithick started in social work in 1972 and trained in 1980. Over the years, she has worked in Birmingham, London and Bristol in a range of different roles: residential social worker; education welfare officer and statutory field social worker with children and families. She is a founder member of Womankind, a mental health project for women, where she was employed for ten years as a groupworker and counsellor, working mainly with women suffering from depression. Her most recent post was as a Manager for Barnardo's in a Child and Family Support Centre. She is currently a lecturer in social work in the School for Policy Studies at the University of Bristol. She is the author of the bestselling OpenUP text, Social Work Skills, now in its second edition.

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