What is the importance of group social work?  

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jameadows eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Group social work is the process through which a social worker guides people in a group so that they can learn to relate to others more constructively and experience personal and communal growth. Groups can help individuals by using the group as a tool to help people change behaviors. By learning to interact better with others, people in the group can develop their ability to contribute to not only their own growth but also that of the community through communal action. The outcome of the group is in part the personal growth of its members; the importance of the group also lies in its ability to foster the communal responsibility of its members. The group can function as a way for individuals to improve their self-esteem and their ability to contribute to the society at large. Therefore, group social work is an important process through which social workers can affect not only personal growth but also foster communal development through empowering the group members to contribute to their society. 

Jessica Pope eNotes educator| Certified Educator
Group social work comprises a number of various practices and techniques aimed at facilitating individual growth and development in a social setting. An example of group work would be anti-violence trainings for perpetrators of domestic violence. In this setting, offenders have the ability to examine their feelings, histories, and behaviors in a nonthreatening environment. Group work is important because human beings are social and relational by nature. Thus, we are able to learn about ourselves in the context of a group more easily than in isolation. Group encounters allow us to incorporate the insights and perspectives of others into our own pool of resources. Also, group work can be perceived as less invasive than one-on-one social work. Participants may be more likely to open themselves up in the context of a group.
litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
One person cannot change the world alone, first of all. People working together can accomplish more. The moe important reason for social work being done in groups is that it's emotionally difficult work. Having someone in the trenches with you makes all the difference.