The Group Work Practice Kit is a set of nine slim volumes on the nuts and bolts of doing group therapy/work. The kit will focus on the practical aspects of setting up a group, planning the process and performing group work. Each volume in the kit will have a standard outline which will cover the theoretical aspects of the process, the evidence base and support, the topic highlighted, two real case studies and five short learning exercises. Volumes in the kit will cover how to design a group, how to run a group, how to evaluate a group, and how to deal with special challenges. In addition, two special areas will be highlighted such as groups in schools and groups in communities (most common settings for groupwork). The kit will be endorsed by ACA's Association for Specialists in Group work and will be co-marketed by the group.
Chapter 3: Best Practice Guidelines in Group Work
Best Practice Guidelines in Group Work
For all group work, regardless of its type, best practices need to be followed. You decide to use the Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW) Best Practice Guidelines 2007 Revisions (Thomas & Pender, 2008) as your starting point. You learn that ASGW divides the guidelines into three areas: planning, performing, and processing. Intuitively, this makes sense, and you continue reading and generalizing the guidelines to your practice setting.
Best Practices in Planning
Planning a group is often one of the areas not given enough attention in practice. It can seem that there isn't enough time before the group needs to start meeting the demands of the agency or center. Yet without appropriate preparation, a ...