Group work is a common and valuable resource used in many areas: from therapy, education and training, to businesses and commercial organisations. At its best, group work is rich and productive, promoting open and honest...Show More
Group work is a common and valuable resource used in many areas: from therapy, education and training, to businesses and commercial organisations. At its best, group work is rich and productive, promoting open and honest communication; at its worst, it can become a source of failure and hostility.
In this clear and engaging book, Margaret Henning focuses on the concrete practicalities of how to make groups vehicles for success, whether in supervision, therapy or self-development, in optimising team function, or in achieving specific organisational tasks. With a focus on the role of group facilitators, she lays out a model of group work based in systemic and narrative techniques generating optimal conditions for groups to achieve success. The book will appeal not only to counselling and psychotherapy practitioners and students, but to those in social work, education and management settings.
Grounded in a firm psychological basis, Positive Dynamics pulls together what is known about creating a 'best possible' group culture and, informed by extensive experience, describes the principles and techniques for achieving it.
- Based on the author's original model of group-working, refined over 25 years of innovative practice and service development in Africa and the UK
- Clear, engaging and applied in focus, with the theory and evidence organised to show how to deliver practical solutions
1. Why This Book?
2. Basics of Systemic Thinking and Groups as an Ecology of Minds
3. Narrative Theory and Some Basics of Human Communication for Optimal Group Dynamics
4. Group Development Over Time: Setting the Culture and Deepening the Engagement
5. Specific Process Problems and how to Solve Them
6. Putting it all Together: Some Sample Applications
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
- Issues, Debates and Approaches in Psychology Ian Fairholm
- Emotion Science Elaine Fox
- Psychology, Mental Health and Distress John Cromby, Dave Harper, Paula Reavey
- Attachment Across the Lifecourse David Howe
- Psychology of Addictive Behaviour Antony C. Moss, Kyle R. Dyer
- Health Psychology Karen Rodham
- Serious Stat Thom Baguley
- Schizophrenia Kevin Silber
- Research Methods and Statistics Ian Walker
- Meaning in Life Joel Vos
- Models of Mental Health Gavin Davidson, Jim Campbell, Ciarán Shannon, Ciaran Mulholland
- Critical Statistics Robert de Vries