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Once Upon a Group

Once Upon a Group

A Guide to Running and Participating in Successful Groups

2nd edition

Maggie Kindred and Michael Kindred

Paperback: £9.99 / $16.95

2010, 216mm x 138mm / 8.5in x 5.5in, 112pp
ISBN: 978-1-84905-166-8, BIC 2: JM KJM JKS

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Groups are a universal phenomenon, but their dynamics, make-up and customs can vary widely – a group can be anything from a family to a sports club. Having a good understanding of how groups work can make them more effective, enriching and fun.

Once Upon A Group is a short, light-hearted guide to groupwork, providing an easily-digestible way of understanding group dynamics, the practicalities of running a group, and how to participate in one. It covers how and where to set up a group, including the type of room used, the size of the group and the arrangement of chairs, and the importance of boundaries and rules within a group. It also covers issues such as communication, sensitivity, listening, leadership, decision-making, labelling and stereotyping, and forms of participation, among many others. Each topic is illustrated with a lively drawing to communicate the ideas presented. This second edition also covers diversity throughout and how to apply the ideas in the book to different settings.

Based on research but written in an instantly accessible style, this fun guide will be essential reading for all those involved in groupwork including health and social care practitioners, volunteers, advice workers, youth workers and students.

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How Groups Work – An article by Maggie Kindred and Michael Kindred

1 December 2010

"We are in groups throughout life. Many different kinds of groups occur in social clubs, health and social care, industry, commerce, education, politics, churches, and voluntary organizations. People of all ages are involved, including small children. Most of them have no idea they are involved in 'group processes'! Groups are natural, and usually get by without analyzing themselves. So why bother to spend time in training? ... We have written this book because we believe that using a group isn't mystical, but can be considerably more enjoyable and effective if members know a little about how groups function."

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