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By Tom Douglas

ISBN-10: 0333548744

ISBN-13: 9780333548745

ISBN-10: 1349226017

ISBN-13: 9781349226016

A idea of Groupwork perform relies at the result of the quest for the elemental similarities within the perform of all groupworkers in no matter what career or surroundings they might function. The theoretical techniques utilized by groupworkers can be greatly version, yet what staff truly do whilst in interplay with the teams they carry or adapt indicates notable similarities that are deeper and extra influential than the recommendations in selling or fighting winning crew results. This publication provides the principles of a coherent conception of crew paintings perform in accordance with those similarities.

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Acting upon or in close relation with each other; interacting. Jay M. Jackson (1953), writing about interaction in groups, listed the functions of such behaviour as follows: (1) to provide individual members with social reality concerning others' expectations and evaluations; (2) to reinforce approved behaviour and extinguish disapproval; (3) to attract or repel persons from mem- Interactive and Affiliative Patterns 25 bership; (4) to maintain the quality of the social system by drawing highly valued members into centrality and by making peripheral or repelling the small contributor.

So how can we answer the question, why? I believe that, at the risk of being repetitive, it is necessary to go back to the starting-point for the only available answer. Why? If, as many believe, language defines the manner of our thoughts and in that sense enables us to construct a reality, then language should contain some clue about the position of groups in our reality. In fact this proves to be an apt investigation. Given that the number and variety of words which are widely available and used about a particular human condition will give a rough indication of its importance, then even a cursory glance at a thesaurus will show an interesting fact.

A group is created for groupwork purposes by the coming together of a number of individuals for a shorter or longer period of time, this coming and being together constituting a fundamental and necessary condition for the achievement of their goals and one which occurs under the aegis of a groupwork convenor or convenors. A group is adapted to groupwork purposes when an already existing group, created, formed or arising for purposes other than those of groupwork, is entered by a groupworker or groupworkers with the intent of working with the members of that group to achieve specific groupwork ends.

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