Higher Education

Groups in Practice, 1st Edition

  • Susan X Day University of Houston
  • ISBN-10: 0618382488  |  ISBN-13: 9780618382484
  • 480 Pages
  • © 2007 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $150.00



This text provides broad coverage within a thematic framework that helps students gain insight into how groups work. In addition to balanced coverage of key groups theories and skills, the text takes a full chapter to focus on psychoeducational groups. Students will benefit from carefully constructed pedagogy that encourages them to reflect, interpret, and develop their own ideas about how groups function. The coverage of theory is made interesting through the personal insights and reflections of the author. Clear and vivid language, as well as literary references, personal disclosure, and vibrant examples help to effectively present material, promote understanding, and engage students. To further enhance the learning experience, transcripts of group interactions throughout the text provide a realistic view of a group setting. These sessions can be viewed in their entirety on the accompanying video.

Features and Benefits

  • Reflections ask students to relate what they read to their own lives. These important learning components appear regularly throughout the text.
  • Discussion ideas promote classroom interaction and can be used as study group topics or for chapter analysis.
  • Small Group Exercises include both experiential and role-play activities to encourage active learning and interaction in the classroom, lab, or study group.
  • End-of-chapter pedagogy includes key terms, Chapter Review Question, and ideas for further reading.

Table of Contents

I. Group Process and Principles of Change
1. The Framework of Group Counseling
2. Small Group Dynamics and Interpersonal Theory
3. Professional Standards (ASGW) and Ethics in Group Practice
II. Therapeutic Factors Through a Group's Stages
4. Hope, Universality, Cohesiveness, and Identification
5. Self-Understanding, Family Re-enactment, and Catharsis
6. Altruism, Guidance, and Existential Growth
7. Cultural Identity in Groups
III. On Becoming a Person
8. Humanist Group Theory and Practice
9. Existential Group Theory and Practice
IV. The Unfolding of Awareness
10. Psychodynamic Group Theory and Practice
11. Gestalt Group Theory and Practice
V. A Life of Learning
12. Cognitive-Behavioral Group Theory and Practice
13. Psychoeducational Group Theory and Practice
VI. On Becoming a Citizen
14. Adlerian Group Theory and Practice
15. Choice Theory and Reality Therapy
VII. Conclusion
16. The Effective Group Counselor