Social Work with Groups from SocialWork@Simmons

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Hey everybody. Welcome to Social Work 577.
This is social work with groups, and I’m Dana Grossman Leeman. When I was sitting where you are now facing
the prospect of entering into a group work course, I remember feeling extremely resistant,
a little bit angry that I had to take it, but mostly, I was pretty terrified. It was
a requirement for me as it is for you. And all I kept thinking was, that groups we’re
probably going to be a place where I would feel most incompetent, most vulnerable, I’d
never know what to say. And I was also afraid that the group members would really not like
me, and they would sense how unprepared I was to actually help them. So for the next 14 weeks, I’m going to guide
you through an introduction to social work with groups, so that when you come out the
other end of this course, if you had any of the same concerns that I just expressed that
I had as a student, you’re going to hopefully feel a whole lot better. What I’m going to teach you over the next
14 weeks is that groups aren’t mysterious, they’re not rocket science. What we’re really
there to do is to help people connect with each other, to form relationships that are
meaningful. Maybe to work on relationships so that the ones in their lives outside of
the group improve a bit, or they learn how to make better choices in the ways in which
they choose friends, or relate to people. That’s kind of a groups about. Group is about helping people connect with
other people. Once you understand that and some skills, it takes some of the guesswork
and some of the terror out of group work. My hope is that by the end of this course,
if you don’t fall in love with the group work the way that I did through study and experience,
you’ll at least form an appreciation for it. You won’t be too anxious or to resistant when
you’re told by a supervisor, I’m going to have you facilitative a group starting in
two weeks. You might actually be excited. And you might
be in a place where you can think, I’m going to be open to what this is about, and what
this can teach me about myself, and about life, and about being someone who helps people
for a living.

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