Practice & Communication In Social Work Working In Groups

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Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow; but woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up. Again, if two lie together, they are warm; but how can one be warm alone And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him.


Many of the groups that a person is a member of can impact greatly on their lives - either positively or negatively. Throughout the ages writers and researchers have been interested in the dynamics of groups. How a group forms, how it changes over time, how it comes to an end, and how a group structures itself, has been investigated by numerous researchers (Adams, 1990). What I have come to learn from this course is that to understand others, I need to understand group processes.
For this semester's social work course, a reflective journal assignment was set, focusing on my working within a group. I was in group D and our task was to raise money or provide Service User support for a local charity of our choice. I was at this stage of the course aware that our group would go through a process of stages, and so I chose Tuckman's model (1965), that he later revised in 1977. The aim of this report is to evaluate the effectiveness of the group, and my contribution within the group over the semester.
Tuckman's (1951) model of group dynamics states that all groups go through four stages: forming, storming, norming and performing. ...
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