A Theory of Groupwork Practice by Tom Douglas

By Tom Douglas

A thought of Groupwork perform is predicated at the result of the hunt for the basic similarities within the perform of all groupworkers in no matter what career or environment they could function. The theoretical recommendations utilized by groupworkers can be largely version, yet what employees truly do whilst in interplay with the teams they carry or adapt indicates striking similarities that are deeper and extra influential than the recommendations in selling or fighting profitable staff results. This publication offers the rules of a coherent idea of workforce paintings perform in accordance with those similarities.

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31) In order to resolve what might be a confusion between affiliation and association a simple definition would be that affiliation is a need or a drive and associative patterns are the visible products of that drive. Argyle was writing about animals in the quotation given above, but what he was describing in the balance between aggression and the satisfaction of affiliative need is common enough in human groups also. In fact one of the great obstacles to the discovery and use of group resources, as we shall discover later, is the different levels of equilibrium which group members achieve between suspicion and fear of the group and the basic need to be accepted by it.

Perhaps the most interesting factor about this kind of group historically is the close connection it has always been deemed to have with the concepts of equality and democracy. In truth, such groups seldom just emerge; they need to be created and they often need some considerable time to learn about themselves and the ways in which their resources can be used. For this reason most groups which operate as a unit contain group-sophisticate members, so that the experience of what the benefits of sharing and resource access are likely to be is available for the less group-sophisticate members.

Any form of so-called artificiality is almost bound to arouse at least some suspicion on the part of probable participants, who would never have such feelings about joining a group of complete strangers in order to learn some skill or technique which they themselves had decided was necessary. The deeper and more personal the need which is to be met in an 'offered' group the greater probably the anxiety and the suspicion experienced by the potential participants, though there must come levels of desperation in some people's lives where anything is preferable to a continuation of the existing state.

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