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Leadership in Nonformal Youth Groups: Does Style Affect Youth Outcomes? Report of a research project investigating leadership styles The Role of Art in Child and Adolescent Group Therapy In art therapy groups, members create art that reflects the culture of the group. How and why artwork is made can teach us so much about a specific group and its members
Foundations of Group Work: A "Baker's Dozen" of Challenges and Strategies A four part series that covers defining group work and scope of practice, pregroup planning, therapeutic dynamics and leader skills, research and evaluation and group work ethics Facilitation (transfer and techniques) The central purposes of facilitation are to: enhance the quality of the learning experience, to assist clients in finding directions and sources for functional change, and to create changes that are lasting and transferable
Tips and Techniques for Facilitators Some practical ideas to help groups run smoothly Transformational Dialogues An instruction manual of practical techniques for facilitating personal change
The Groupwork Booklist An introduction to groupwork literature Association for Specialists in Group Work A resource base for teachers, students, and practitioners of group work. The ASGW WEBPAGE includes both organizational information (e.g., the purpose of the organization, its structure, and its calendar of events) and professional resources (e.g., ASGW products, ASGW institutes, and links to other webpages of interest to group workers).
Group Dynamics Resource Page Research and practical applications. Includes some interactive exercises and links to a wide variety of information Stages of Group Development A description of the stages in Tuckman's model
Group Dynamics: Basic Nature of Groups and How They Develop This site is a good starting point for learning about group dynamics and the skills needed for effective group facilitation Gisela Konopka and Group Work Gisela Konopka (1910-2003) made a profound contribution to the development of social group work and the deepening of practice with children and young people. In this paper Janice Andrews charts Gisela Konopka's life and assesses her work
Group Work Examines the development of group work (especially social group work) and some key principles, ideas, practices and thinkers. It also provides links into archive material at infed.org.  

Group Work With Adolescents by Andrew Malekoff
Islands Of Healing: A Guide To Adventure Based Counseling by Jim Schoel, Dick Prouty and Paul Radcliffe
The One Minute Manager by Kenneth Blanchard
Working With Girls and Young Women in Community Settings by Janet Batsleer


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