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)
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.