An initiative of ASPEN (Authors' Self-Publishing Enterprise)


in Education, Personal Growth, Health, Relationships, Business and others 

Volume 2 - No. 4 -  2003


"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens

can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever does"

- Margaret Mead


Groups and Groupwork

We commence a new theme with this issue of Nurturing Potential.  Several members of the editorial board and regular contributors to the magazine were associated in the past with the Group Relations Training Association and its journal Groupvine.  In this issue and the next we will draw upon their knowledge and experience.

Part I - What is a group?

We here discuss such concepts as: What is the one group we are all part of?  What makes us a group?  What are the principal characteristics of groups?  What makes an effective group?  The characteristics of effective groups.

Part II - What is groupwork?

In this section we will describe different types of groups and how each works in various areas such as encounter groups, therapy groups, learning groups, and personal growth groups.  We will also deal with the T-Group concept.

Groupwork Theory

A theoretical look at groups reproduced from the free resources section of the Elements UK website.

In Praise of Large Groups - by John Bernard Harris

Reproduced from an early issue of the Groupvine magazine, John Harris here describes his addiction to large groups and how the sense of  power and possibilities they sometimes achieve gives him a "real buzz".

The Tarot as a handbook for group facilitators - by John Rowan

John Rowan takes us right through the Tarot pack from Fool (the new group member, coming to a group for the first time) to Fool (the completely empty-headed facilitator).  This is a "fun" piece and John Rowan has pointed out that "I am not  of course referring to the orthodox way of using the Tarot, but rather using the pictures in a completely unorthodox way."

The Skeptic's Dictionary entry on the Tarot