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The Standards of Practice are based on the fundamental social work concepts of group and highlight the specific contribution of social workers to this practice. The Standards of Practice were designed with a broader perspective than specific and more descriptive than prescriptive. They apply to adversity of problems and contexts of group practice including, among others, therapy, education; support, task and social action groups.

They also have their sources in: the history of social work groups, current practices and practice research. These standards of practice are therefore based on experiential knowledge, theories relating to the practice of group work and empirical studies. They emphasize the understanding and use of group processes and the ways in which members help each other to achieve the goals of the group and, if necessary, objectives specific to each of them

Overview of Standards of Practice

The values ​​and knowledge of group social work practice are embedded in from the various perspectives of social work. Moreover, section I first presents values ​​and knowledge fundamental to the practice of social work from band. Sections II to V specify the specific knowledge, tasks and skills relevant to each phase of the social work intervention process of group, from planning to completion. This structure is established from the premise that groups change and evolve over time. In the application of his tasks and responsibilities, the social worker must therefore demonstrate flexibility and suppleness.

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 For example, the actions of some workers social media allow members of a new group to begin work together; other actions allow members, who have already formed relationships, to get involved and to achieve the goal of the group. Thus, the nature of the responsibilities of the social worker changes according to the evolution of the group. The tasks associated with the different phases set out in these standards serve as a guide for practice. They are rooted in experiential knowledge, theory and research. However, since each group is different, professionals must adapt their interventions based on the range of standards of practice according to the needs of the group and its members.

Respect for people and their autonomy

As a principle of equality, every individual must be treated with respect and dignity. Within the group, no one should be privileged more than another, whether that person is the social worker, group member or agency director. So that everyone’s ideas are heard and considered, the social worker ensures that each of the members appreciates the contribution of the others. This principle is put forward, since by virtue of his status in the organization and his expertise, the worker social has an important influence. It is therefore necessary for him to exercise this influence with discernment.

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