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  • Epistemological ruptures: Digital presence and group work

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      Authors: Catherine Phillips, Anita Aenishaenslin
      Abstract: The Covid-19 pandemic has been an epistemological rupture for social work. Research is beginning to examine and articulate the practice knowledge that has arisen as a result of the pandemic. This article is based on a social work placement at a community-based, rural hospice, that occurred during the Covid-19 pandemic. This article focuses on virtual social work and group work, and discusses ethics, the digital divide, and social presence.
      PubDate: 2022-07-25
      DOI: 10.1921/gpwk.v30i2.1741
      Issue No: Vol. 30, No. 2 (2022)
  • Considering the rules of brainstorming in untrained idea generating groups

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      Authors: David Dryden Henningsen, Mary Lynn Henningsen
      Abstract: Brainstorming (Osborn, 1957), as an idea generating technique, is widely used in businesses and organizations despite evidence that it fails to produce more ideas than non-interacting groups (e.g., Mullen, Johnson, & Salas, 1991). Past tests of the technique employ comparisons of groups instructed to follow the rules of brainstorming (i.e., focus on quantity, free-wheeling, non-evaluation, and piggy-backing) to groups without such instructions. In the current study, the connection between the activities proposed in the rules of brainstorming and idea generation are examined.  The perceived occurrence of these activities are examined in untrained idea generating groups to assess how they influence idea generation. 188 participants (61% men, 39% women), performed an idea generation task (i.e., the typewriter task) and assessed perceptions of the occurrence of the activities highlighted by the brainstorming rules in the group discussion. Overall, perceptions of brainstorming rules influence the number of ideas generated with piggy-backing emerging as a significant predictor variable.
      PubDate: 2022-06-24
      DOI: 10.1921/gpwk.v30i2.1850
      Issue No: Vol. 30, No. 2 (2022)
  • “A place where I am always welcome”: A thematic analysis of what
           belonging to Alcoholics Anonymous means to its members

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      Authors: Lisa Ogilvie, Julie Prescott, Jerome Carson
      Abstract: The purpose of this study is to explore what belonging to Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) means to its international membership. The aim is to gain a collective view of the opinions held by those accessing the services offered by AA globally. This paper focuses on the study of AA entirely from the perspective of its members, without being attentive to the AA approach to recovery, or the 12-step programme it advocates. An online survey was distributed as a link on Facebook groups accessed by members of AA. Responses (N=182) were received from members accessing AA services in 11 different countries. These were analysed using thematic analysis. The findings convey a positive message for what belonging to AA means, demonstrating that members accomplish more than sobriety and sustained abstinence. They develop a positive outlook, feel connected and accepted into a unique community, that offers a platform for achieving personal and spiritual growth.
      PubDate: 2022-06-24
      DOI: 10.1921/gpwk.v30i2.1700
      Issue No: Vol. 30, No. 2 (2022)
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