‘Nothing new under the sun’


  • Gillian Ruch




<i>child care social work</i>, <i>PQ training</i>, <i>sculpting</i>, <i>resistance</i>


The post-qualification social work context is undergoing enormous change. What remains clear amidst the turmoil, is that the delivery of the new programmes will be to groups of social work practitioners with varying degrees of interest in, ambivalence about or resistance to engaging in further professional development This paper explores the use of sculpting, a creative technique that originated in family therapy as a means of countering some of the resistance to learning that can characterise such groups. Encouraging practitioners to explore ‘embodied understandings’ of families with whom they work or group contexts in which they find themselves has the potential to offer holistic, anti-oppressive and energising learning opportunities.


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How to Cite

Ruch, G. (2012). ‘Nothing new under the sun’. Groupwork, 16(2), 8-24. https://doi.org/10.1921/gpwk.v16i2.596