Staff burnout and work-related stress in mental health professionals cost the National Health Service not only millions of pounds each year, but also impact upon the welfare of those being cared for. "Staff Support Groups in the Helping Professions" takes the lead from recent Department of Health initiatives, promoting the use of staff support groups to foster emotional resilience, deal with potential conflict and support reflective practice. In this book Hartley, Kennard and their contributors explore the influences that help and hinder the setting up and running of staff support groups, and attempt to counter the often negative stigma that the term 'staff support' can evoke. They demonstrate that such support groups can be a sophisticated and valuable intervention that needs careful preparation and skilful management to succeed, and will in turn not only benefit the individual, but also the department as a whole and those that they care for. Contributors share their experiences of facilitating support groups in a number of settings including: psychiatric wards; therapeutic communities; social services schools; and, children's homes.
Containing a wealth of case material, "Staff Support Groups in the Helping Professions" will provide much-needed guidance for those professionals attending, managing, or in the process of setting up a staff support group.
Hinshelwood, Foreword. Introduction. Part I: Hartley, Kennard, What Staff Support Groups Are For. Why it Can be Difficult to Ask for Support, Especially if You Work in a Caring Profession. Ten Keys to a Successful Staff Support Group. Setting Up a Staff Support Group. The Role of the Facilitator. Common Problems and Ways of Responding to Them. Ending a Staff Support Group. Do Staff Support Groups Work? Part II: McGowan, On Learning From the Short Life of a Staff Support Group in an Acute Admission Inpatient Mental Health Setting. Maher, Authority and Control: Working with Staff Groups in Children's Homes. Powell, The Insider as Facilitator: Conducting a Group for Hospital Clinical Team Leaders. Wojciechowska, Managing Personal and Professional Boundaries. Humphreys, Working with Disturbed States of Mind. Winship, Working with Staff Dynamics in an Educational Setting: The Staff Support Group that Wasn't To Be.