Camargo-Borges, C. (2015) “Collaborative Group Practices, Exercising dialogue in a Healthcare Setting”. In Rasera, E.F. (ed.) Social Constructionist Perspective on Group Work. p.21-30. Taos Institute Publications. ISBN: 13-digit: 978-1-938552-31-1
This is a book focused on different forms of group work influenced by a social constructionist sensibility. The constructionist touch in these different forms of group work shows the emerge of new possibilities that co-creation and dialogical interactions can bring. The book is a combination of theoretical contributions and descriptions of constructionist concepts applied in professional daily practice. Group work is shown as a potent form of intervention as well as research, a privileged space for dialogue in which the co-construction of the world through language plays a central role.
In my chapter, “Collaborative Group Practices, Exercising dialogue in a Healthcare Setting”, I talk about the need for professionals to combine technical skills with a sensibility to relational and collaborative ways of engaging with their clients. Bringing healthcare settings as a case study, the chapter explores practical ways in which relationships can become an opportunity for collaboration and change. Furthermore, I try to show how dialogue allows for greater engagement and co-responsibility, promoting democratic values in healthcare.