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Self-Help and Support Groups: A Handbook for Practitioners

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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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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 The Group 1
1 Introduction 3
2 Helping Characteristics and Change Mechanisms in Self-Help and Support Groups 17
3 Ideology, Climate, Structure, and Professionalization in Self-Help and Support Groups 36
Pt. 2 The Member 55
4 Beginning Participation 57
5 Long-Term Participation 76
Pt. 3 The Practitioner 91
6 Professional Roles in Support Groups 93
7 Professional Relationships With Self-Help Groups 112
Pt. 4 Representative Groups 133
8 Twelve-Step Programs 135
9 Other Change-Oriented Associations 153
10 Supportive-Educational Groups 165
11 Telephone Support and On-Line Self Help 183
Appendix Self-Help Clearinghouses 199
References 207
Index 223
About the Author 229
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