Groups That Work: Structure and Process by Paul H. Ephross

Groups That Work: Structure and Process

byPaul H. Ephross, Thomas V. Vassil

Kobo ebook | June 22, 2006

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Social workers, planners, health professionals, and human-service administrators spend much of their time in meetings, working in and with groups. What meaning does participation in these groups have for members? Some of the events that are most important for members of the various professions, and those whom they serve, take place within these groups. Health and human services depend upon their working groups for their development and allocation of resources, their standards of quality, and the evaluation of their success or failure. In short, these groups are relied upon to come up with creative solutions to complex problems.

Despite the amount of time spent in meetings, committees, and so on, very little has been written about the skills necessary for effective participation and leadership within working groups. With that in mind, Ephross and Vassil combine innovative group theory and practice in this "how-to" guide for professionals who take a variety of roles within the group. They draw on examples from social agencies, a hospital, a low-income community, and the boardroom, providing practical principles for day-to-day group life based on a democratic model. This revised edition also explores the changes that have taken place in the structure and operation of working groups in recent years and the heightened expectations for groups within large organizations.

Paul H. Ephross is a professor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work. He is the coauthor of several works, including Group Work with Populations at Risk (with G. L. Greif) and Ethnicity and Social Work Practice (with C. B. Cox).Thomas V. Vassil is an associate professor at the University of Maryland School of Social Wo...
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Title:Groups That Work: Structure and ProcessFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:June 22, 2006Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231510160

ISBN - 13:9780231510165

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Table of Contents

Working in Groups
Frames of Reference for Understanding Work Groups
Toward a Model of Working Groups
The Democratic Microcosm
Leadership Theory
Leadership in Working Groups
Leadership and Contexts
Problem Solving and Decision Making
Stages/Phases of Group Development
Teams and Team Building
Organizational Settings and Styles
Technologies for Group Maintenance, Operation, and Productivity
Recurring Problems in Groups and Suggested Staff Responses
Perspectives for Professional Practice with Working Groups
Appendix
Tables and Figures

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Social workers, planners, health professionals, and human-service administrators spend much of their time in meetings, working in and with groups. What meaning does participation in these groups have for members? This book combines group theory and practice for professionals who take a variety of roles within the group.