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Author Kurtz, Linda Farris.

Title Self-help and support groups : a handbook for practitioners / Linda Farris Kurtz
Published Thousand Oaks : SAGE Publications, [1997]


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 MELB  361.4 Kur/Sha  AVAILABLE
Description xvi, 229 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Series Sage sourcebooks for the human services series ; 34
Sage sourcebooks for the human services series ; 34
Contents Pt. 1. The Group. 1. Introduction. 2. Helping Characteristics and Change Mechanisms in Self-Help and Support Groups. 3. Ideology, Climate, Structure, and Professionalization in Self-Help and Support Groups -- Pt. 2. The Member. 4. Beginning Participation. 5. Long-Term Participation -- Pt. 3. The Practitioner. 6. Professional Roles in Support Groups. 7. Professional Relationships With Self-Help Groups -- Pt. 4. Representative Groups. 8. Twelve-Step Programs. 9. Other Change-Oriented Associations. 10. Supportive-Educational Groups. 11. Telephone Support and On-Line Self Help -- Appendix. Self-Help Clearinghouses
Summary It also examines the rise of telephone and on-line self-help, considering the advantages, and disadvantages of this style of group interaction. As an added bonus, each chapter includes exercises and discussion questions
The first volume to address both self-help and support groups and provide a clear distinction between the two, Self-Help and Support Groups dispels misunderstandings and inaccurate assumptions about how they function, whom they attract, and how they help participants achieve goals. Author Linda Farris Kurtz informs students and practitioners in the human services about the concepts, theories, and research involving self-help and support groups. She provides practical advice and direction to professionals for working with these groups while analyzing self-help/support organizations on three different levels - in terms of the groups themselves, the groups' members, and the practitioner's interaction with the groups. In addition, this comprehensive volume discusses the most prominent representative associations as examples of different types of groups, including Alcoholics Anonymous, Recovery, Inc., National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, and the Alzheimer's Association
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 207-222) and index
Subject Group counseling.
Self-help groups.
LC no. 96035630
ISBN 0803970986 (cloth : alk. paper)
0803970994 (paperback: alk. paper)