Effective Groupwork by Michael Preston-Shoot (auth.)

By Michael Preston-Shoot (auth.)

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Again, the structure should be determined by the resources which members bring to the group and the objectives being pursued. Secondly, what is to be the frequency of meetings? This too depends on members' resources and the group's tasks. Some support groups may not need to meet weekly and less frequent meetings may be indicated where members are to be encouraged to complete tasks between sessions. In other groups, where the issues or problems which form the target for intervention are long-standing, complex or serious, more frequent meetings may be indicated.

It has been difficult for me to keep this up when . . 5. Tape recording: helpful for recording key developments in the group's life, for example negotiating a contract or obtaining feedback at the mid-point or end of the group. Members' permission should be obtained and an explanation given of how the tapes will be used. 6. Monitoring and measuring activities: in a group which aims to help members achieve a particular skill, recording methods which involve measures of the amount or quality of a particular activity may be helpful.

Planning the Group 41 Contracts should be flexible enough to respond to developments in the group, hence the importance of reviews. Preferably they should be written with each member having a copy. They should be made with each individual and with the group as a whole. They provide a baseline against which to measure developments and outcomes. Group operation Once groupworkers have decided on the group's membership or agreed to work with a pre-existing group, they can consider how the group will operate: how long sessions should last, how long the group should run for, how sessions should be recorded and possible methods and leadership styles.

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