A practical look at group work : a field practicum experience at catholic family services
This paper summarizes my MSW practicum experiences with a specific focus on group work. Wodarski & Feit (2012) indicate that in order for Social Workers to be effective in facilitating groups they must be able create an environment that empowers the group to create change not only for themselves but for others that share in their common experience. I will outline four groups that I was involved in that assisted me in building skills and knowledge in this area. This outline includes the model and theoretical framework that structured the group content along with case examples. I will also discuss the importance of evaluation upon the conclusion of the group. The paper will conclude with a summary of how to incorporate issues of social justice into group work and ethical considerations when working with groups.