Building social responsibility through family group conferencing Article

Macgowan, MJ, Pennell, J. (2002). Building social responsibility through family group conferencing . 24(3-4), 67-87. 10.1300/J009v24n03_06

cited authors

  • Macgowan, MJ; Pennell, J



  • Family Group Conferencing (FGC) is a method of bringing together a family group with service providers to come up with a plan to resolve problems in individual and social functioning. This paper describes FGC from a group development perspective involving planning and convening the single-session meeting. The FGC moves along with the help of a group worker called a coordinator, but its success is based on people-citizens-banding together. The core of the convening stage is when families are left alone, equipped with resources at their disposal, to determine a plan for change. This paper describes FGC, its group work elements, and illustrates how the model helps to build partnerships and social responsibility. © 2002, Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. All rights reserved.

publication date

  • November 18, 2002

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start page

  • 67

end page

  • 87


  • 24


  • 3-4