chapter  2
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Social Group Work and Developmental Group Care: Retrospect and Prospects for Both

First, let me defme developmental group care and social group work as I see it. Developmental group care practice, sometimes called "milieu-based group work" (Garland, 1 994, p. 1 59), entails the interactions, individually or as a group, between group care workers and children, youth, or adults, who are temporarily apart from their families . Thus, in developmental group care, workers strive for primary relationship experience. Care work is conse­ quently oriented to the utilization of daily life events for therapeutic purposes and is the essence of effective care practice. This focus on the ordinary daily life experience distinguishes this practice from other helping approaches in the human relations field.