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Description - Leading a Support Group by Keith Nichols

Why are support groups important? How are they formed, run and ended? How can untrained personnel develop a basic capability in running support groups? Psychological support is now known to be a significant counter to the psychological and physical effects of stress and life pressure. Support may be provided in various forms but the support group is both efficient and powerful. It is suitable in healthcare, education, and elements of industry and commerce. However, professionals in these sectors will often hold back from offering support groups because of lack of training and experience. This book is designed to overcome this problem. It is written for professional people who can see a value for support group work within their organization and working life but hesitate from lack of experience. Presented in a conversational style, the book serves as a tutorial outlining the benefits of support groups and the essential aspects of forming, beginning and then running a support group. It also provides practical examples and case discussion with a focus on the problems and queries that a novice leader might encounter. Leading a Support Group is an excellent resource for a wide range of professionals that includes nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, speech and language therapists, dieticians, clinical psychologists, health psychologists, social workers/care worker supervisors, teachers and human resource personnel.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780335215690
ISBN-10: 0335215696
Format: Paperback
(230mm x 154mm x 11mm)
Pages: 176
Imprint: Open University Press
Publisher: Open University Press
Publish Date: 16-Apr-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Keith Nichols

Keith Nichols trained in clinical psychology at Leeds University and then became a lecturer at the University of Exeter in 1968, eventually retiring as Senior Lecturer in 2001. From 1970 he also took up a part time appointment as a clinical psychologist in the NHS specialising in applications to physical health and stress related illness where he gained extensive experience of support group work. He is currently Consultant Clinical Health Psychologist at Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital. This book complements Keith's previous practical guide Psychological Care for Ill and Injured People (Open University Press, 2003). John Jenkinson is a trained Counsellor and has worked as a student counsellor at Plymouth University and the College of St. Mark and St. John, Plymouth. He is currently a consultant counsellor and mentor/moderator for various counsellor training courses as well as a group consultant for Cornwall Alcohol and Drugs Agency.

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