** Books that should be referenced
Cournoyer, B.R. (2011). The social work skills workbook ( 6th ed.). Belmont, CA: Thomson Brooks/Cole.
Kirst-Ashman, K. and Hull, G. (2009) Generalist practice with organizations and communities, 4th Edition. Belmont, CA: Thomson Brooks/Cole.
Germain, C. B., & Gitterman, A. (2008). The life model of social work practice: Advances in theory and practice (3rd ed.). New York: Columbia University Press.
Shulman, L. (2012). The skills of helping individuals, families, groups, and communities (6th ed.). Belmont, CA: Thomson Brooks/Cole.
Competency Assignment III: Development of Plan for Client Group (25% of Final Grade)
The purpose of this assignment is to demonstrate competence in developing a plan for forming, implementing and evaluating a client group appropriate to your field practicum setting. You must develop a
proposal for a NEW group at your placement based your assessment of service gaps and client needs. You must incorporate class material and required readings. This assignment page limit is a maximum of
Instructions for completion of this assignment:
I. Reflect on your agency’s purpose, goals, and client population served.
II. Group Proposal: Develop a proposal for the group that your agency can/should implement. Incorporate the following:
A. Identified Need for proposed group:
1. Identify and discuss a common need among a cluster of individual clients in your agency for which a group service might be appropriate and desirable.
2. How will or did you determine the need for the group?
B. Population Served and Rational/Purpose for Proposed Group:
1. Describe the population your group would serve, how it fits within the context of your agency, and how the population could benefit from some type of group experience (it could be a population
that your agency does not currently serve, but is interested in providing services to).
2. What is the overall purpose of the group?
3. What considerations did you take into account in determining the purpose of the group and your target population? Use class readings and lectures.
C. Type of group: Briefly discuss the type you would propose (i.e. educational, socialization, task, mutual aid/support, etc. and open-ended or closed, etc.) and your rationale for this choice. What
are some of the factors that you will need to consider as a result of your choice?
D. Pre-Forming Plan: A suggested plan for how the group would function, following the stages of the group process, including:
1. Organizational Support: How will you seek appropriate permissions and organizational consent and support?
2. Group Composition:
a) How will you identify potential members and determine who might be successful in such a group and who may not, i.e. inclusion and exclusion criteria.
b) Who will you include in your group including demographic characteristics of members?
3. Rationale for group size
4. How you will recruit and solicit members/publicizing the group, screen/ intake/orient members?
5. Resources needed for group: i.e. Location, physical setting, space, room arrangement
6. Frequency and duration of meetings
7. Group Format and Guidelines (i.e. agenda; visitors, new members, individual contacts with social worker, member contacts outside of group, attendance)
8. Staffing and leadership (co-leaders, etc.)
III. Forming – Describe how you envision the group’s first meeting and what your role would be.
A. As the group facilitator, what are some of the things you will need to consider as part of your “tuning in” to your role and the group prior to entering the group? Include a discussion of some of the
worker skills you will need to consider and might want to anticipate using.
B. Discuss some of the factors you will need to consider in the initial contracting session with the group. Specifically, discuss how group composition and other variables might impact and influence this
C. Describe anticipated issues and how you might address them – i.e., value and ethical dilemmas, conflict among group members, problems in getting enough members interested and problems getting
members to attend regularly.
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