The Importance of the Group in the Field Work Seminar

Paul Johnson

Abstract


Over the past 20 years, I have had the wonderful opportunity in three different Universities at both the graduate and undergraduate levels to lead a Field Work Seminar. I intentionally say “lead” because the seminar is like no other course in the program. It is here that the students, I believe, have a place to talk, listen, and reflect upon what one another are saying.  I describe it as a “safe zone” in which they can share with and support one another.  Indeed, it is the sense of “all being in the same boat” that enables them to become a very close group which helps them succeed in their field work placements and enriches their experience. This cooperative learning through the group work experience is not only beneficial to the students, but also provides them with an array of practical and therapeutic skills which they can utilize in their field work placements.


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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1921/gpwk.v27i2.995

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