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The Power of New Perspectives- Using Group Sculpture in Today's Group Work

Andrew King

This workshop explores the power and capacity of sculpture as an everyday learning technique that has significant power, yet is relataively safe. Sculpture is a truncated role-play. It plans to capture a moment in time where a small set of actions and words are highlighted to understand what has occurred. It is a valuable tool since it captures only one moment and can aid the closer inspection of the issues/feelings and responses that occur. Sculpture is based on creating a set of frozen images that emphasise a mixture of body language and simple verbal expression.

This workshop explores the power of action methods and how they can be used to generate new insights and change for group participants.

Recorded at: The 2009 Institute of Group Leaders Conference (Moments of change in group work) at Sydney, Australia.

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Andrew King

Andrew King is a consultant trainer and program developer in group work, working with men and strengths based practice. He is the Deputy-Chairperson for the Institute of Group Leaders and a specialist trainer in group work and trains professionals throughout Australia and Canada in ‘working with men’. He is also an experienced practitioner and has published a range of professional articles.

Andrew’s work career has involved working with teenagers who have drug and alcohol problems, young people with a mental health issues, parenting education, coordinating a large fathers’ centre and managing training for professionals interested in group work or working with men.


Bachelor of Arts (Welfare Studies) 1983-1985 at Macarthur Institute of NSW (Milperra)

Master of Adult Education 2000-2002 at University of Technology, Sydney

Certificate IV in Training and Assessment TAE40110 -2011


King, A. & Sweeney, S. 2005. NEWPIN Fathers’ Program. Burnside, North Parramatta.

King, A. 2006. Effective Group Leadership. Burnside, North Parramatta. ISBN 1 920839 12 7

King, A. 2007. Creative Group Work. Department of Corrective Services, NSW.

King A. & Coleman, A. 2007. Hey Dad! For fathers who have a child with a disability. Burnside, North Parramatta.

King, A. & Huston, H. 2008. The Newpin Fathers’ Centre – A force for change a chapter in Newpin: Courage to change together. UnitingCare Burnside ISBN 978-1-920839-27-7

King, Fletcher, Anderson, Bhattacharjee, Sutton and Lenton. 2009. Introduction guide to working with men and family relationships. FaHCSIA. ISBN 978-1-921380-24-2

Various contributors. 2009. Father-inclusive practice guide. FaHCSIA. ISBN 978-1-921380-25-9



• Member of The Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council Industry Representative Body for the establishment of a Cert IV and Diploma in Relationship Education

• 2007 Member of Inclusive Fathering Practice Guide Pilot – co-author and mentor



§ King, A. 2000. Working with fathers: The non-deficit perspective. Children Australia, Vol 25, No.3.

§ King, A. 2001. Engaging fathers in Group Work. ‘Developing Practice’ Winter 2001

§ King, A. 2002. Life after the Positive Parenting Program (Triple P). Professional Interchange, Vol 6, No. 1.

§ King, A. 2002. Overview of Fathers’ Support Service, Child Protection Clearinghouse


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