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Wisdom Circles: A Guide to Self-Recovery and Community Building in Small Groups
     

Wisdom Circles: A Guide to Self-Recovery and Community Building in Small Groups

by Charles Garfield, Sedonia Cahill, Cindy Spring
 
Gathering in small group circles to heal, share, and celebrate has moved from new age workshops and 12-step programs into the mainstream. This practical, inspirational guide shows readers how to use the power of the circle to effect changes in their lives and in their communities Targeted print ads .

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Gathering in small group circles to heal, share, and celebrate has moved from new age workshops and 12-step programs into the mainstream. This practical, inspirational guide shows readers how to use the power of the circle to effect changes in their lives and in their communities Targeted print ads .

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Library Journal
The idea that a group is more than a sum of individuals is a social science axiom, and this book offers a New Age exploration of that premise. Rooted in gathering traditions, wisdom circles are discussion groups oriented to healing, sharing, celebrating, and other purposes. With his collaborators, Garfield (psychiatry, Univ. of California, San Francisco) outlines the "ten constants" that form the essence of wisdom circles. They provide guidance on how to start and sustain such groups, along with rich case study material on those involving AIDS patients, men, and corporate clients. Some readers might be put off by the book's jargon, e.g., talking stick, and no empirical evidence is presented to show that circles accomplish their lofty aims. However, the material is well organized and applies to diverse circumstances and groups. Inspirational yet practical, this book is highly recommended for public libraries and collections serving social service and other group leaders.Antoinette Brinkman, Southwest Indiana Mental Health Ctr., Evansville

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786883639
Publisher:
Hyperion
Publication date:
02/03/1999
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.75(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.75(d)

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