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Episode 78 - Dr. Lawrence Shulman: Leading Mutual Aid Support Groups: Exactly How Can People with the Same Problems Help Each Other?

Monday, August 22, 2011, 9:26:34 AM

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It's our third anniversary, and in this special episode Dr. Lawrence Shulman returns to our series to discuss his research and experience with Mutual Aid groups and group practice. Dr. Shulman's extensive research and experience are complemented by numerous examples that illustrate his points and practical recommendations for effective mutual aid group leadership. Seasoned professionals and those just getting started in group work will find a useful framework and concrete ideas from a leader in the field.

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Average Rating: 5stars  mutual aid support groups, Sunday, February 07, 2016

By Qalam :

I truly enjoyed Dr. Schulmans perspective on group work and he does this in the most clear way. Mutual aid seems more of real world approach to healing groups and allows us to have a clearer understanding of our role. Personally as a group leader we have so much to do, why not allow members to provide direction and insight for us to review so we can direct them in the best way possible. Dr. Schulman demonstrates the effectiveness of integrating Evidence Based Practice and allowing other forms of group processes that occur naturally to empower groups members and help us as social workers not be bound by manuals which is something I have always believed. I have found that the most important lessons are the simplest however our perspective, ability to take risks and knowing ourselves are just some of the ingredients to understanding those simple lessons and be effective at utilizing them for the greater good.

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Average Rating: 5stars  excellent, Sunday, June 24, 2012

By Dreams R real X :

I think this pod cast was excellent. There was a lot of great information in regards to the process of how mutal aid helps the members within the group, as well as the awareness the facilitator should possess. It really provided me with a different perspective on the way view group work. Thank you Dr. Shulman.

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Average Rating: 5stars  leading mututal aid groups, Saturday, January 28, 2012

By ACK :

As a current Social Work Graduate student, I understood the common challenges for those leading group work. Especially in the beginning stages as a social worker it can be quite intimidating. It is important to keep in mind that the client is the expert in their own lives and this still relates to group work. Often times it is hard to prepare for a group because you never know what those in the group may bring up. Larry discusses being honest,spontaneous and taking risks are necessities for being a good leader. We expect our clients to do the same and this encourages us to practice what we preach. One core aspect is Who owns the group? The members should be creating the functioning rather than the social worker who is leading the group. I also liked this idea of combining mutual aid with a solution focused approach. Different groups create different dynamics and may not fit into a one size fits all approach.

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