When students on the Groupwork course were asked about their own experiences in groups many spoke about multidisciplinary teams and staff meetings. Applying group-analytic thought and practice within the workplace requires an awareness of fundamental differences between a group designed for therapeutic purposes and one whose primary task is work orientated. While both are subject to similar unconscious processes and use similar defence mechanisms, the purpose of the working group is not therapy, it is work. We want to know why people at work get damaged and jobs are left undone. Emphasising the working group’s task and its organisational context addresses some of the potential confusion inherent in applying unmodified therapeutic theory and practice to the world of work.
KeywordsSpecial Hospital Group Therapist Social Defence Mental Health Agency Basic Assumption Group
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