Educating undergraduate group workers: increasing confidence through experiential learning

Academic Article


  • This article documents the results of a study examining the extent to which undergraduate social work students attained increased confidence in group work facilitation. Social work students participated in eight week experiential groups with the expressed purpose of exploring their own viewpoints and experiences of diversity. The study highlights the application and effectiveness of experiential learning theory in social work education. Results indicate students perceived enhanced self-assurance in group leadership. Outcomes also denote increased sensitivity to issues of diversity. As a consequence, students expressed a commitment to continuing their education regarding cultural diversity. Implications for group work training and culturally competent practice are incorporated.
  • Authors

  • Carter, Vernon
  • Banach, Mary
  • Foden, Edward
  • Brooks Carter, Vernon
  • Status

    Publication Date

  • April 3, 2019
  • Published In


  • group facilitation, experiential learning, teaching methods
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Start Page

  • 158
  • End Page

  • 170
  • Volume

  • 42
  • Issue

  • 2