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This book provides a fresh and enlivening appreciation of the importance and mastery of groupwork. Groups structure our social world, whether they are
families, teams, communities, workplaces or on social media. Due to their underlying structures, groups are continually changing and evolving. To help
group leaders keep pace, Continual Change Groupwork provides the knowledge and skills those working in the community services, health and counselling fields
require to deepen their facilitation expertise and maximise the potential for change in group members’ lives.
In a comprehensive overview, Continual Change Groupwork presents the Continual Change Framework as a useful and valuable tool for group leadership practice.
The framework provides a solid foundation for effective facilitation, beginning with groupwork’s basic building blocks and progressing to creative
group leadership tools that develop a strong leadership presence. It also provides a mental map to assess and diagnose the challenges experienced along
"Continual Change Groupwork marvellously outlines how counsellors’ best respond to the challenge of effective group leadership. This short and comprehensive
book provides a refreshing and broad perspective with something for everyone, no matter if you are just beginning as a group leader or someone who
has led groups for years. Each chapter is full of gems that capture the passion and required knowledge for groupwork that allows the reader to understand
what goes on in groups and how to make them better". Ed Jacobs, PhD Associate Professor at West Virginia University and founder of Impact Therapy.
"Groupwork is a core intervention in human service delivery. This timely book emphasises and celebrates all that is important about groupwork. It is a
treasure trove of ideas and practical guidance that will be a great training companion and organisational resource for both new and established group
leaders. It is a thorough 'how to' book in relation to designing services and supporting staff to deliver competent and well considered assistance
to diverse clients. Of particular note is the focus on matching identified need, group response/design, group leader and client recruitment, with special
consideration of cultural considerations throughout. Accessible and broad in scope, it is a very useful contribution to the literature on effective
and excellent groupwork". Elisabeth Shaw, Chief Executive Officer, Relationships Australia NSW.
"This is an excellent resource packed with ideas and supporting theory from decades of expertise of group work that is accessible, creative and worthy
of inclusion in any group work course. Andrew King has captured the essence of group work that engages the reader towards becoming an effective facilitator
of groups". Adam McLean, Director, Change Happens Consulting, Sydney. Group Psychotherapist, Clinical Supervisor and Trainer.
"This book covers an impressive array of theories and approaches to groupwork. Each approach has something for a group work practitioner
whatever the stage you're in. Groupwork theory is often an amalgam of literature as it draws from so many fields and is applied with many different
purposes. Particularly valuable is the chapter on Group Leadership which draws on the seminal work of Dr Max Clayton. He taught that the art of group
leadership is a living method that must be practiced in the here and now, where the leader creates and models the conditions for the group to do its
work. Important leadership factors include the ability to work with whatever is emerging, the courage to stay in the unknown, and responding to group
members from an appreciative rather a problem-oriented mindset. Learning about group leadership never stops and if you select two or three aspects
that interest you and apply them for the wisdom they offer, you will continue to develop your own leadership. It is a worthwhile and rewarding journey".
Rollo Browne, Organisational consultant and coach; Director of Training, Sydney Campus, Psychodrama Australia; Sociodramatist and TEP; MAppSci (Social Ecology).
"By providing a clear and comprehensive guide to group work, Continual Change Groupwork will enhance training, workforce development and
ongoing service provision, to be better practiced, more ethical and better evaluated. This book provides context, theory but most importantly, the
components of good group work to guide implementation for new and experienced professionals alike. An invigorating and clarifying text!" Dr. Rebecca Gray - Head of Research and Evaluation, Relationships Australia, NSW.
"Group work is challenging, indeed sometimes it is really hard. So many of them, the members, only one of you, the leader. So much that can go wrong, yet
so much richness, so many rewards. No wonder the prospect of leading a group can seem daunting and stressful. Continual Change Groupwork will be an
invaluable resource for group workers no matter how much experience they have had. It is concise, well organised, accessible and very practical in
its style. It will be the guide to group work that so many people who lead groups have been looking for. The author moves fluently between theory and
practice, giving summaries of essential theoretical frameworks then helping the reader see how those theories can be applied in practice. He has used
many examples, from a wide variety of practice settings that illustrate the value and importance of grounding our interventions in both theory and
evidence. There are very strong sections on aspects of group process, adult learning, the use of structured exercises, dealing with conflict in groups,
and ethical practice. Each chapter includes a section on cultural considerations, an aspect rarely mentioned in most group work texts. This is a very
useful book which will gain wide acceptance in both the group work community and in training environments. Pamela Cohen - Chair, Training and Standards Committee, Institute of Group Leaders; Senior Social Worker, Clinical Supervisor and Group Work Specialist, St Vincent’s Campus, Sydney.
"Excellent and easy to read. A very useful tool that is practical and thorough" Trevor Armitage - group therapist, psychotherapist, workshop trainer, educator and supervisor
1. Introduction to groupwork
2. The Central Core
3. Program development
4. Basic building blocks in groups
5. Groupwork tools
6. Group leadership
7. Systems theory and continual change
8. The mental map
9. Dynamics within groups
10. Clear direction for change
11. Continual learning in groups
12. Co-leadership in groupwork
13. Ethical considerations and supervision
14. Groupwork and technology
Author: Andrew King is a leading groupwork specialist in community services, counselling and health. He is a respected author of numerous
textbooks and training programs who has devoted a large part of his career to groupwork and working with men, fathering and domestic violence prevention.
As a research practitioner, Andrew is known for his focus on generativity and for sharing his knowledge using a strengths-based approach. He is currently
the Groupwork Practice Specialist and Community Education Manager at Relationships Australia, NSW. He has published a range of articles on groupwork
leadership in the Australian context, and facilitates national and international training workshops. He regularly lectures on Group Processes in Counselling
at Australian Catholic University in Sydney.
Published by Groupwork Solutions
Printed in Australia
ISBN 978-0-6480015-2-2 (Paperback) - 252 Pages
ISBN 978-0-6480015-6-0 (eBook)