Disentangling dynamics:Group sensitivity and supervision

Winship, G. and Hardy, S. (2001) Disentangling dynamics:Group sensitivity and supervision. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 6 (4). pp. 307-312. ISSN 1351-0126

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In order to contextualize Altschul's interest in group dynamics we present a brief history of staff group work approaches in the UK and USA. Using case examples, the work of staff group sensitivity and group supervision is described. The difficulties of working in staff groups are highlighted and the antipathy towards group practice is discussed. It is argued that learning about conflict resolution in staff groups prepares nurses for dealing with conflicts in clinical practice. The case for re-invigorating interest in group theory and practice is presented. In presenting our reflections on staff group work, we hope not only to re-kindle the type of interest in groups that inspired Altschul but also to represent the case that it is ill conceived to attempt the work of mental health nursing without recourse to the supervisory resources of group theory, practice and support. It is through group feedback that mental health nurses and other health professionals can extend their learning about interpersonal relations, achieve quality standardization through peer feedback and reflect on practice in truly collaborative ways (Schon 1983).

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: group dynamics,sensitivity,staff support,supervision groups,phychiatric mental health,sdg 3 - good health and well-being ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2900/2921
Faculty \ School:
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Research Centres > Norwich Institute for Healthy Aging
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Research Centres > Lifespan Health
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2022 22:30
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2023 03:23
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/86681
DOI: 10.1046/j.1365-2850.1999.00216.x

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