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Make, make, make some music: Social group work with mothers and babies together.

Author: Lyons, Sandra N.
Author Background:
Date 2000
Type Journal
Journal Title: Social-Work-with-Groups
Volume/Pages Vol 23(2): 37-54
Subject Matter Women, Delayed Development; Early Intervention; Group Counseling; Mother Child Relations; Social Casework, At Risk Populations; Mothers
Abstract The expansion of group services at a time when fewer social workers are trained in social group work practice is exemplified by the widespread offering of parent groups within Massachusetts' Early Intervention (EI) Program, a service to families of very young children with or at risk for developmental delays. This paper examines the uncommon application of group work in one such program in inner-city Boston and discusses the special approaches that were needed for effective practice. Using illustrations from the author's work with 2 parent-child groups over a 2-yr period, the following 4 practice issues are discussed: (1) the complexity of relationships inherent in working with parents and children together; (2) the utilization of group work methods when the group is staffed by 2 or more workers from different disciplines; (3) the integration of group work's use of non-verbal activity to foster group process within a setting that emphasizes infant and toddler developmental activities; and (4) patterns of group development and mutual aid within open-ended groups of women and their children. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2000 APA, all rights reserved)