Group work on the edge. Embracing the messiness of group facilitation with marginalised peoples



This poster explores concepts of discomfort and messiness in terms of what they mean for participants, facilitators and auspicing agencies of group work. Where 'tidy' theory does not prepare social workers for the 'messiness' of group work practice, this poster proposes a model for working with group processes that captures both linear and organic understandings. Further, the poster explores opportunities for maximising the benefits of group work in the context of unpredictable group processes as well as participants’ and facilitators’ potentially chaotic lives.

Author Biography

Neil Richard Hall, Western Sydney University

Director of Academic Program (Social Work & Community Welfare) Assistant Director, Men's Health Information & Resource Centre Chair, IASWG Australia NZ ChapterSchool of Social Sciences & Psychology, Western Sydney University


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How to Cite

Hall, N. R. (2021). Group work on the edge. Embracing the messiness of group facilitation with marginalised peoples. Groupwork, 29(2), 119-124. Retrieved from