About this Product

Overview

Trainees in group counseling and therapy often struggle to integrate an array of theories and concepts into practice, but to no avail. This group counseling textbook helps counselor/therapist trainees bring together the concepts of group work with the reality of working with complex group phenomena. It provides a productive, growth-promoting experience for learning group leadership. As students read and apply the material in Chen and Rybak' s book, they will build the repertoire of knowledge, skills and intervention techniques that they'll need as they embark on the restorative and rewarding--yet often complex and challenging--process of becoming a group practitioner.

The book's five conceptual bases--interpersonal processes, experiential learning, the power of the here and now, process-focused leadership, and self as the instrument--set out the principles for successful leadership and meaningful client change. The practical methods discussed within this effective, coherent framework help readers learn how to bring about therapeutic change for group members within a brief time period. This time-sensitive feature of the framework is especially precious as "cost containment" becomes a health care thrust in our era.

About The Author

Mei-whei Chen

Dr. Chen is an Associate Professor at Northeastern Illinois University. She teaches group counseling, individual counseling, grief counseling, and stress management. She has received many awards, the most recent being the Faculty Excellence Award from Northeastern Illinois University for the third time. She has co-authored a book on Individual Counseling as well as many published journal articles.

Christopher J. Rybak

Dr. Rybak is an Associate Professor at Bradley University and is a specialist in group work. He teaches group counseling, counseling diverse populations, practicum and internship in counseling, theories and techniques of counseling, and pre-practicum in counseling. He has served as the Director of the ELH Counseling Clinic, and was the President of the Illinois Association for Specialists in Group Work. He has received awards for innovative teaching and integrated learning, a research award, and a Fulbright scholarship.

Table of Contents

Part One: INTRODUCTION AND OVERVIEW.
1. Theories and Assumptions.
2. On Becoming a Group Leader.
Part Two: BASIC LEADERSHIP SKILLS: GETTING THE GROUP TO WORK.
3. Creating a Group from Scratch: Program Planning and Member Preparation.
4. Leading the First Session.
5. Facilitating, Opening, and Closing: The Foundation of Group Skills.
6. Working on the Agendas: The Basic Framework of a Group Session.
7. Working with Tension and Conflict.
Part Three: ADVANCED LEADERSHIP SKILLS: GETTING THE GROUP TO UNCHARTED WATER.
8. Taking More Risks in Communication: Toward Greater Group Closeness.
9. The Hot-Seat Method: The Knee-Jerk Experience.
10. The Method of Stirring-the-Pot: Stimulating Group Affect.
11. The Skills of Termination: Completing the Circle.
Part Four: OTHER CONSIDERATIONS.
12. Reflective Writing: Adding Therapeutic Means.
13. Professionalism: Professional Standards and Best Practice.
14. Further Development of the Group Leader.
Appendix A: Sample of a Group Proposal: Personal-Growth Group for Adolescents in Sudden Transition.
Appendix B: Orientation Handouts.
References.
Index.

Reviewers' Quotes

"The book will be a pleasure to teach from. It provides examples and content that will enhance a student’s ability to understand what group leadership is all about. The self-reflection questions and case studies are helpful tools for teaching group leadership."Paula Helen Stanley, Radford University

"This is an excellent text to be considered for a group therapy class. I think its strengths are manifested in the writers clear knowledge of group therapy, the excellent examples given throughout the book, and the reflective exercises at the end of the book."David J. Westhuis, Indiana University

"It is a clear method for working with groups that is based in clearly identifiable behaviors. It is a roadmap that will be helpful for those developing this type of clinical skill."James Borling, Radford University

"This textbook is an excellent resource for people learning to lead groups. It provides a wealth of examples, case histories, techniques, and alternative ways to assist the leader in being successful in running a group."Dick Rundall, Rock Valley College

"...The book offers an in-depth, comprehensive description of group process and dynamics. The text provides an "insider’s" view of internal processes and dynamics through cases studies and group member journal entries. Specific techniques and strategies are described with examples of statements group leaders might make during the group interaction. Students and professionals will find examples of leader responses to be very helpful...There are so few that go into the depth characteristic of this book."Paula Helen Stanley, Radford University

"I believe that this text has no other text that comes close to it. It is unique and above the rest in practical detail for leading a group."Dick Rundall, Rock Valley College

"This is an excellent text to be considered for a group therapy class. I think its strengths are manifested in the writers clear knowledge of group therapy, the excellent examples given throughout the book, and the reflective exercises at the end of the book."David J. Westhuis, Indiana University