SOCW Wk10 Discussions

Discussion 1: Task Groups
Group work is a commonly used method within school settings. Because peer interaction is important in the emotional and social development of children, the task group can serve as a wonderful therapeutic setting and tool; however, many factors should be considered when implementing this type of intervention.
For this Discussion, read the Van Velsor (2009) article.
· Post your understanding of task groups as an intervention for children. 
· Use the model for effective problem solving to compare and contrast (how to identify the problem, develop goals, collect data). 
· How does this model differ from a traditional treatment group? 
· What are the advantages and possible disadvantages of this model? 
· Describe how you might use this model for adults. 
· What populations would most benefit from this model?
References (use 2 or more)
Toseland, R. W., & Rivas, R. F. (2017). An introduction to group work practice(8th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson.

Chapter 11, “Task Groups: Foundation Methods” (pp. 336-363)
Chapter 12, “Task Groups: Specialized Methods” (pp. 364–395)

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Van Velsor, P. (2009). Task groups in the school setting: Promoting children’s social and emotional learning. Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 34(3), 276–292. 

Discussion 2: Blog 
Post a blog post that includes:
· An explanation of the social work practice skills you have gained by participating in your field education experience
References (use 2 or more)
Reupert, A. (2007). Social worker’s use of self. Clinical Social Work Journal, 35(2), 107–116. 
Van Voorhis, R. M., & Hostetter, C. (2006). The impact of MSW education on social worker empowerment and commitment to client empowerment through social justice advocacy. Journal of Social Work Education, 42(1), 105–121. 

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