Groups are a universal phenomenon, but their dynamics, make-up and customs can vary widely – a group can be anything from a family to a sports club. Having a good understanding of how groups work can make them more effective, enriching and fun.
Once Upon A Group is a short, light-hearted guide to groupwork, providing an easily-digestible way of understanding group dynamics, the practicalities of running a group, and how to participate in one. It covers how and where to set up a group, including the type of room used, the size of the group and the arrangement of chairs, and the importance of boundaries and rules within a group. It also covers issues such as communication, sensitivity, listening, leadership, decision-making, labelling and stereotyping, and forms of participation, among many others. Each topic is illustrated with a lively drawing to communicate the ideas presented. This second edition also covers diversity throughout and how to apply the ideas in the book to different settings.
Based on research but written in an instantly accessible style, this fun guide will be essential reading for all those involved in groupwork including health and social care practitioners, volunteers, advice workers, youth workers and students.
(...) this is a short, succinct and straightforward "guide" to all that is groupwork... Once upon a Group will provide indications of key matters to think about for the novice groupworker; for the more experienced it offers pertinent reminders and prompts about practices and considerations that may have become too familiar, taken-for-granted or simply forgotten
Maggie Kindred is a retired qualified social worker, trainer and practice teacher. Michael Kindred is a freelance games designer and educational consultant. Their interests lie in groupwork, communication skills and teamwork, and they have written several publications in these areas. Maggie is author of A Practical Guide to Working with Reluctant Clients in Health and Social Care, published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
This book delivers on its promise to be "a short, light-hearted guide to group work". It is aimed at the beginner and would work well as an accompanying workbook for those joining or setting up groups. It is very accessible and outlines aspects of group life using illustrated stick figure drawings throughout.
Children & Young People Now
With its amusing little illustrations and its easy, fresh style, it is both informative and practical. Highly recommended for anyone working with groups.