The Values of Social Group Work
Social group work reflects a range of values:
- The right of people to contribute actively to their own destinies.
- Respect for what people can do on their own behalf and on behalf of others.
- The right to shape the nature of service/treatment toward relevance.
- Shared authority over process in which one is immersed.
- The right to be happy and productive.
- Respect for/appreciation of difference.
Dedicated to enhancing the capacity of participants to identify and harness their skills and strengths, mutual aid is a set of group dynamics, which, when catalyzed first by the facilitator and then by everyone in the group, realizes the above values.
The concept of mutual aid is central
and unique to social group work.
The look and feel of a group that is based on mutual aid are different from the look and feel of other groups. See how the norms and dynamics of a mutual-aid group compare to those of other groups.