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Disentangling dynamics: group sensitivity and supervision

Winship, Gary and Hardy, Sally (1999) Disentangling dynamics: group sensitivity and supervision. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 6 (4). pp. 307-312. ISSN 1365-2850


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In order to contextualize Altschul's interest in group dynamics we present a brief history of staff group work approaches in the UK and USA. Using case examples, the work of staff group sensitivity and group supervision is described. The difficulties of working in staff groups are highlighted and the antipathy towards group practice is discussed. It is argued that learning about conflict resolution in staff groups prepares nurses for dealing with conflicts in clinical practice. The case for re-invigorating interest in group theory and practice is presented. In presenting our reflections on staff group work, we hope not only to re-kindle the type of interest in groups that inspired Altschul but also to re- present the case that it is ill conceived to attempt the work of mental health nursing without recourse to the supervisory resources of group theory, practice and support. It is through group feedback that mental health nurses and other health professionals can extend their learning about interpersonal relations, achieve quality standardization through peer feedback and reflect on practice in truly collaborative ways (Schon 1983).

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 1999 Blackwell Science Ltd. http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/subs.asp?ref=1351-0126
Keywords: group dynamics, sensitivity, staff support, supervision groups
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health (Sheffield) > School of Nursing and Midwifery (Sheffield) > Department of Mental Health and Learning Disabilities (Sheffield)
Depositing User: G Winship
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2006
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2014 18:05
Published Version: http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/doi/abs/10.1046/j...
Status: Published
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1046/j.1365-2850.1999.00216.x
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/1128

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