ERIC Number: ED030837
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
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The Use of Small Groups in Training.
Gosling, Robert; And Others
These three British studies illustrate the use of small group methods to impart human relations knowledge and skills to professionals in medical and social services. The first paper deals with general practitioners who meet weekly over extended periods of time for case discussions. The second describes experiences of the Family Discussion Bureau in setting up short residential courses for social case workers, with a blending of training group methods, course work, and case study seminars built around the theme of marital interaction. The last paper points to ways in which a change agent, a psychiatrist trained in group dynamics as well as psychotherapy, used small group methods to help personnel in boys' penal institutions become receptive to new ideas. Two substantive issues appear throughout: (1) the widespread anxiety generated by the prospect of having to make changes in one's professional role in order to use new insights gained through training: (2) the nature of unconscious regressive forces or "pathology" in group behavior. (ly)
Descriptors: Behavior Patterns, Correctional Institutions, Group Dynamics, Human Relations, Institutional Personnel, Physicians, Professional Continuing Education, Psychological Patterns, Residential Programs, Sensitivity Training, Small Group Instruction, Social Workers
Codicote Press, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, England (20s)
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Authoring Institution: Tavistock Inst. of Human Relations, London (England).
Note: Papers from a 1964 conference sponsored by the Staff Board of the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations.