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Facilitative Leadership in Social Work Practice
by Elizabeth Breshears, M.Ed, MSW, PhD; Roger Volker, M.Div
Paperback Book (232 Pages)
December 2012
This foundation-level training manual for social work students and practitioners will help readers become more effective agents of change through understanding the meaning, principles, and characteristics of facilitative leadership. Facilitative leadership is a form of leadership in which the leader directs a group but does not dictate the outcome of the group discussion. This form of leadership is essential for, and uniquely suited to, social workers whose entire profession is based on helping clients determine their own goals and how to achieve them.

The book describes, step-by-step, the skills needed to successfully perform formal and informal leadership roles in group, agency, and community settings. All aspects of the facilitative process are addressed, including the phases of group development, how to organize a meeting, when and how to intervene, and how to know if facilitative leadership is working. The book explains how facilitative leadership relates to the social work code of ethics, and discusses the ground rules for effective communication. A number of leadership theories that inform facilitative leadership are examined. The text also includes skill building and critical reflection exercises in each section along with case studies to enhance learning.
Key Features:
•Describes the concept, principles, and characteristics of facilitative leadership and how they relate to the social work code of ethics
•Clarifies the facilitative leader's role and distinguishes it from that of trainer, consultant, or chairperson
•Identifies the phases of group development and their significance
•Instills competence and ease in the use of group process techniques
•Promotes facilitative leadership skills in formal and informal situations


The Value of Facilitative Leadership for Social Workers

Chapter One

What is the role of the Facilitative Leader?

Chapter Two

Becoming the Facilitative Leader

Chapter Three

Leadership Theories

Chapter Four

Leadership Ethics for Social Workers

Chapter Five

How Groups Work

Chapter Six

The Facilitative Leader's Skill Set: Building Competence

Chapter Seven

Organizing Groups

Chapter Eight

Guidelines for Group Process Observation

Chapter Nine

Intervening as a Group Facilitator: Addressing Voice, Privilege, and Power

Chapter Ten

Evaluating Facilitative Leadership

Chapter Eleven

Conclusion and Recommendations

Appendix: A Tool Kit for the Facilitative Leader: Options for Social Workers
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