Essay Reflection on Social Work Group Work Processes

1665 Words Apr 27th, 2013 7 Pages
i1. Introduction
Group work is an integral part of life, and in particular, an essential component of social work practice. Group work provides a myriad of benefits that individual work cannot provide, such as the synergy among members that group work provides over case work (Corey & Corey, 2006), and it is precisely why group work is applied in the social work setting.

Various theories affect how group work is practiced, affecting both group dynamics and the different stages of the group (Hepworth, 2013). In my paper, I will be sharing my experiences as a member of a group, focusing on the various stages, interaction patterns observed and my personal reflections on the entire process.

2. Group transition

Initial stage:
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Group Culture
Group culture are values, beliefs and customs held by the group (Corey & Corey, 2006), and our group had its own unique culture.

Norms, defined as shared expectations and beliefs about appropriate ways to act in a social situation (Toseland & Rivas, 1984), were more often than not unspoken yet adhered to in our group. Punctuality was a key virtue that our group valued, of which more often than not I had been the culprit guilty of violating it. As a result, a rule was imposed for the latecomer to buy drinks for the rest, which was adhered to subsequently without any violent objections.

Leadership and social structure
With every group, there has to be a person taking charge at any point of time, to steady the group back on course when the direction of the group goes awry. Our group displayed a distributed-function approach of leadership, which states that every member of a group will be a leader at times by taking actions that serve group functions(Corey & Corey, 2006).

In our group, this was true almost all the time, as our group had leaders all waiting to take charge at every suitable moment. With Shannon being the more artistic one in the group, she would automatically be the one to lead the discussion when artwork related materials were discussed. Similarly, when language issues were brought to the fore, it was either Maisurah or me who took over and helped guide the group towards the correct direction. In such

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