Module Overview

Group Intervention in Social Care Settings

This module will equip the learner with knowledge regarding group dynamics in a social care context. It will introduce the learner to various models of group development and to the concept of group stages.It will enable the learner to identify the various roles which both professionals and service users perform in groups and the ability to identify and respond to group conflict and to effectively manage conflict.It will enable the learner to recognise the importance of building and maintaining professional relationships and a partnership approach with both professionals, service users and their relatives/carers in group settings. It will explain the skills and techniques of effective group facilitation and discuss methods to improve outcomes and enhance participation of service users in care.

Module Code

SSSC H2015

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change

Introduction to Groups

History of group dynamics - Characteristics of groups­- Functions of groups- Group norms ­

Models of Group Development

­Examples of developmental models - Tuckman and Jensen’s (1977) model of group development - Peck's (1987) Model of Community Development - Fishers (1994) Model of Group decision making­ ­

Group Roles

Role identification and differentiation- role development- task and maintenance roles- service user and staff roles in social care settings- the impact of gender and ethnicity on group roles

Group Structures

Power structures - power in groups - responses to power in groups - the impact of power in relationships with service usersLeadership structures - models of leadership, effective leadership in social care practice

Group Facilitation

Types of group facilitation,- methods of group facilitation- role of the facilitator, - skills and competencies of the group facilitator- co-facilitation, facilitation of groups with service users - facilitating decision making and ethical conflicts

Group Conflict

Types of conflict in group settings- sources of conflict­- responding to conflict- role of negotiation in conflict- conflict resolution methods

Specialised Groups

- Alternative approaches to group work - empowerment and decision making with specialised groups

Partnership Approaches in Group Work

Service user led groups- mentoring- co-working within service user groups- peer led practice- positive peer culture

Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Other Assessment(s)50
Formal Examination50