Self-Help and Support Groups: A Handbook for Practitioners

Self-Help and Support Groups: A Handbook for Practitioners

by Linda Farris Kurtz
     
 

ISBN-10: 0803970986

ISBN-13: 9780803970984

Pub. Date: 03/01/1997

Publisher: SAGE Publications

The first volume to address both self-help and support groups and provide a clear distinction between the two, Self-Help and Support Groups dispels misunderstandings and inaccurate assumptions about how they function, whom they attract, and how they help participants achieve goals. Author Linda Farris Kurtz informs students and practitioners in the human services…  See more details below

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The first volume to address both self-help and support groups and provide a clear distinction between the two, Self-Help and Support Groups dispels misunderstandings and inaccurate assumptions about how they function, whom they attract, and how they help participants achieve goals. Author Linda Farris Kurtz informs students and practitioners in the human services about the concepts, theories, and research involving self-help and support groups. She provides practical advice and direction to professionals for working with these groups while analyzing self-help/support organizations on three different levels - in terms of the groups themselves, the groups' members, and the practitioner's interaction with the groups. In addition, this comprehensive volume discusses the most prominent representative associations as examples of different types of groups, including Alcoholics Anonymous, Recovery, Inc., National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, and the Alzheimer's Association. It also examines the rise of telephone and on-line self-help, considering the advantages, and disadvantages of this style of group interaction. As an added bonus, each chapter includes exercises and discussion questions.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803970984
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
03/01/1997
Series:
SAGE Sourcebooks for the Human Services Series, #34
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Pt. 1The Group1
1Introduction3
2Helping Characteristics and Change Mechanisms in Self-Help and Support Groups17
3Ideology, Climate, Structure, and Professionalization in Self-Help and Support Groups36
Pt. 2The Member55
4Beginning Participation57
5Long-Term Participation76
Pt. 3The Practitioner91
6Professional Roles in Support Groups93
7Professional Relationships With Self-Help Groups112
Pt. 4Representative Groups133
8Twelve-Step Programs135
9Other Change-Oriented Associations153
10Supportive-Educational Groups165
11Telephone Support and On-Line Self Help183
AppendixSelf-Help Clearinghouses199
References207
Index223
About the Author229

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