In England, there are fewer and fewer opportunities for social workers to undertake groupwork. The following is a description of an innovative feminist approach involved in adapting psychoanalytic theories, particularly the work of Winnicott, within a groupwork context. The paper describes a typical group session, preceded by an account of some of the main theories and practices informing our work.
I started in social work in 1976 and over the years have had a variety of roles – as a residential worker, field social worker, family centre manager and academic. I’m currently retired but regularly present at conferences and lecture in the UK, Europe and Australia on themes covered in my writing or that trouble social workers.
I enjoy writing and am the author of the best-selling 3rd edition text Social Work Skills and Knowledge: A Practice Handbook (2012). In this book, and in other articles I’ve written, I highlight – and attempt to rectify – the superficial coverage given to social work skills in some areas of UK teaching and practice