The Benefits of Social Group Work
How does Social Group Work training benefit the children, teenagers and families we serve?
When staff members know how to facilitate groups that create a strong sense of community with positive social norms, agency clients:
- Learn many skills of living (problem solving, conflict resolution, etc.) they can take to other groups to which they belong;
- Have opportunities to strengthen their internal resources by exchanging help with peers;
- Learn about, reflect on, and ultimately adopt values that enhance their ability to contribute to their communities;
- Have opportunities to cultivate their voices and to contribute to program planning/agency direction;
- Have a forum for talking about things that are important to them but difficult to talk about in other venues.
How does social group work training benefit the host organization?
As a method for delivering services social group work often results in the following:
- Opportunities to translate values from policy to action;
- Opportunities to analyze and possibly modify mission, goals, and objectives;
- Opportunities for all constituents, from the boardroom to the playroom, to contribute to organizational efficiency and effectiveness;
- A platform for democracy in action;
- Development of a strong and coherent community dedicated to achieving organizational aims.