Mutual aid is group work where there group member is not only a recipient of help but also providers of service in enabling the group to meet its common goals and achieving its common strategy. Empowerment is both a process and a goal. It is a process that involves ongoing development of the clients which begins with the individual, continues through to the group and eventually results in a larger social change.
It is a goal that is achieved when the clients attain the desired psychological state and when society becomes relatively more equal in terms of opportunities and the distribution and allocation of resources. Empowerment is a complex process that does not just happen at an individual level but also occurs in a group, organisational or other setting
[...] The intention of these practices is examined to look at how such harmful and hateful measures can result not only for the individual or personal perspective but also from the wide societal impact and how this affects the general well being of the society at large. The outcome of this is to have a more supportive and collaborative attitude not only between the group members but also among the group and the wider society. References Audet, S. (2003). Factors in the development of mutual aid in groups supporting integration. Available at; http://www.aqpc.qc.ca/UserFiles/File/pedagogie_collegiale/Audet-Vol_21- 4.pdf Children's Aid Society of Brant. [...]
[...] Leading communities of practice in social work: Groupwork or management? Available at; http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/13404/1/gpwk18wardgray.pdf Hammond, K. (2013). In Types of Social Work Groups. Retrieved May from http://www.ehow.com/info_8701111_types-social-work-groups.html Hammond, D., & Taylor, M. (1998). In mutual aid and self-help Coping strategies for excluded communities. Available at; http://hls.uwe.ac.uk/research/data/sites/1/docs/solar/mutualaid&self- help.pdf Mutual aid and self-help programmes. (2012). [...]
[...] Social workers can use group work to promote mutual aid and empowerment by employing many techniques to ensure that the group is able to function and beneficial to all the members. One such technique is by allowing inclusion and respect. It is important for all members to feel that their voice is validated, that their views are honoured and that every member feels there is faith and belief in their capability for constructive contribution. The social workers need to create an atmosphere in which people can support each other and assist each other with individual goals in personal improvement. [...]
[...] (2006). Position paper on diversity and anti-oppressive practice in the children's aid society of Brant. Available at; http://www.casbrant.ca/files/upload/Position_Paper_Final_Copy_July_18_2008.p df Drumm, K Essential Power of Group Social Work With Groups 17- 31. Falconer, M. K. (2006). Mutual Self-Help Parent Support Groups in the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect. Retrieved May from http://www.ounce.org/pdfs/mutual_self-help_parent_support_groups_2005- 2006.pdf Gray, I., Parker, J., & Immins, T. (2008). [...]
[...] Unlike in a situation where there is a professional leader of the group the mutual aid group all gets to lead and learn and are thus empowered. The fact that the group are all at the same level and all dealing with similar situations it empowers the group members to be able to discuss in a free and conducive environment where sharing is encouraged and where there is no feeling of insecurity due to their not being as knowledgeable about the conditions of others. [...]
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