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In light of the growing importance of and reliance on task groups in the social services, this comprehensive text examines the uses, methods and dynamics of such groups. Following a description of the nature, history and variety of task groups, the authors discuss the role of the social worker in these groups, focusing on: the recruitment and composition of groups; participating as a team member; shepherding a group and dealing with problem behaviours within it.
Task Groups in the Social Services will prove a vital resource to both students and practitioners in social work.
PART ONE: THE NATURE OF TASK GROUPS IN THE SOCIAL SERVICES
The History of Task Groups in the Social Services
The Variety of Task Groups Utilized
PART TWO: THE PROFESSIONAL PRACTITIONER'S ROLE IN TASK GROUPS
Planning, Composing and Recruiting a Task Group
The Professional's Role on the Social Service Team
The Practitioner's Responsibilities for the Functioning of Task Groups
Handling Problematic Behaviors of the Task Group, Subgroups and Members
PART THREE: PROBLEM-SOLVING TECHNIQUES
The Problem-Solving Process
Small Group Decision-Making Procedures
Large Group Decision-Making Procedures
Methods of Evaluating Composition, Process and Outcome in Task Groups