The changing of the guard: groupwork with people who have intellectual disabilities

Olsen, AM 2009, 'The changing of the guard: groupwork with people who have intellectual disabilities' , Groupwork, 19 (3) , pp. 39-56.

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This paper considers the impact of service systems on group activities. It describes an inter-professional groupwork project facilitated by a social worker and a community nurse. The project provided an emancipatory experience for a group of adults who had intellectual disabilities. The group was charged with the task of reviewing and updating the recruitment and interview processes used by a 'Learning Disability Partnership Board', when employing new support workers. The paper begins with a brief history of intellectual disability and provides a context to the underpinning philosophical belief that people should be encouraged and supported to inhabit valued social roles no matter what disability they may have. It then identifies the ways in which the sponsoring health, education and social care services impacted on the creation and development of a groupwork project. It might have been expected that the nature of the intellectual disability would have been the major influence on group process. However the paper reveals that organisational constraints had a significant impact on group functioning. Issues including, staffing budgets and transport contracts impacted on group process and function. The results of the project show how, with adequate support, people with intellectual disability can make important decisions that have long-reaching impacts on the services.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Intellectual/learning disability, values, inter-professional, emancipatory, support, organisations, groupwork, groups
Themes: Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Applied Research in Health, Welfare and Policy
Journal or Publication Title: Groupwork
Publisher: Whiting and Birch Ltd
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0951-824X
Depositing User: Users 47901 not found.
Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2011 09:30
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2019 08:01

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