A presentation at Heritage University @ CBC Week 04 in
February 2020 in
Pasco, WA 99301, USA by
Location: CBC Campus - SWL 108Time: Wednesdays from 5:30-8:15Week 04: 02/05/20Topic and Content Area: The Mutual Aid ModelReading Assignment: Garvin et al. (2017) Chapter 7Assignments Due: N/AOther Important Information: N/A
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This video features what could probably be characterized as a Mutual Aid modeled group.
[Whole Class Activity] Watch the video clip.
[Whole Class Activity] While there was not a lot of watching the psychologist facilitate the group, what are some things that you might have seen that would apply to mutual aid? What would be some things that you saw the facilitator do?
The mutual aid model is a model of running groups where members help each other (such as a support group). There are two areas of concerns that a facilitator must address
(Garvin et al., 2017)
Mutual Aid is used with many different populations that are both vulnerable and resilient. Really, any population that is
Isolated and physically and emotionally challenged group members
In the literature there is research around the following:
Schwartz is prolific in writing about doing group work, and he looked at doing social work with groups as a interactionist model.
Schwartz would describe that groups are organic whole and dynamic systems.
The social worker effects and is affected by the environment of the group.
He proposed that groups of people working together move towards “health, growth, and belonging”
This mediation function of social work is to mediate the transactions between the group and societal institutions and between individual members within the group.
There are four interrelated helping phases…
Preparation Phase: The worker with lay the groundwork for the implementation of the group.
Contract Phase: Getting buy in for the group
Facilitate a group working on getting buy-in…
[Whole Class Activity] Demonstrate the facilitation of the group activity.
Remember mutual aid helps…
Think about tasks…
Work Phase: The implementation of the mutual aid
Ending Phase: All groups end
One way the mutual aid model works and a way of conceptualizing it is the idea of helping people to realize that we are all in the same boat.
When a mutual aid model group is being facilitated, it is much closer to a non facilitated group compared to say a EBP group with specific and lots of facilitator directions.
Some of the tasks, methods, and skills used for the Mutual Aid Model are…
We are going to do an activity, and have all of you have the opportunity to facilitate a mutual aid for students group.
Facilitate a group to help facilitate mutual aid of the members focused as a group of students.
View Week 04 - Group Practice Models - Mutual Aid.
The mutual aid model is a model of running groups where members help each other (such as a support group). There are two areas of concerns that a facilitator must address. This session looks at that model and how it is implemented.