A Theory of Groupwork Practice by Tom Douglas

By Tom Douglas

A idea of Groupwork perform is predicated at the result of the quest for the elemental similarities within the perform of all groupworkers in no matter what occupation or environment they could function. The theoretical strategies utilized by groupworkers will be commonly variation, yet what employees truly do whilst in interplay with the teams they carry or adapt indicates awesome similarities that are deeper and extra influential than the recommendations in selling or fighting winning team results. This e-book provides the rules of a coherent concept of crew paintings perform in line with those similarities.

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Northen (1987) indicated that the selection of a group as the preferred unit of service was dependent upon two principal factors: the purposes proposed for such groups by workers and agencies, and the characteristics of the potential members. In the first category she placed (1) the enhancement of social relationships, (2) the enhancement of social competence, (3) the development of capacities to cope with devastating events, and (4) elements not directly concerned with clients, such as staff training and development planning.

It must remain a purely hypothetical speculation as to the amount and kind of energy which is actually required to maintain a group as a functioning entity, but, for instance, in closed groups it is noticeable that leader energy output is highest at certain crucial points in the group's history: at the beginning, at the end and at crisis points in between. All systems tend to run down because they consume more energy than they produce, but there is some difference from this sequence of events when the energy cycle in question is that of a social system: Social systems however, are not anchored in the same physical constancies as biological organisms and so are capable of an almost indefinite arresting of the entropic process.

What really matters is that, for groupworkers, groupwork is a job; that is, it is actually directed to achieving desired ends; to this it must be added that it is a job for which practitioners, in most cases, will be paid. A Theory of Groupwork Practice 40 Of course groups are used in most forms of human activity, in work, in play, in decision making, in management, in teaching, in learning, in enjoying oneself and in just living. But the word 'use' in this context has enormously varying degrees of intent and equally varying specificity of aim.

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