KEY FEATURES: Students will actually enjoy reading this book. The author uses his years of experience, including his mistakes, as the foundation for his communication with readers and instructors. Illustrations help make this book even more accessible. The importance and use of theory is clearly articulated and shows students who are often bored or put off by theory how to use it in a way that makes sense. This book prepares new group workers for difficult, challenging groups by reviewing a number of specialized groups. There are a wealth of practice activities for the instructor, including reflection exercises, group lab practice activities, and questions for “further thought.“
Final Thoughts: Taking Care—the Personal and the Political
Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.
—C. G. Jung
I want to leave you with some thoughts about what I believe are two critical areas of concern for group workers: (1) maintaining a focus on your own well-being and (2) also becoming a force to help promote the well-being of the people you serve in your groups—a force for advocacy and action. The first of these, maintaining a focus on your own health, will help ensure that you don’t get burned out and disillusioned in your group work.
The second, establishing yourself as an ...