Higher Education

Group Counseling: Strategies and Skills, 8th Edition

  • Ed E. Jacobs West Virginia University, Morgantown
  • Christine J. Schimmel West Virginia University
  • Robert L. Masson West Virginia University, Morgantown
  • Riley L. Harvill
  • ISBN-10: 1305087305  |  ISBN-13: 9781305087309
  • 496 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2012, 2009, 2006
  • © 2016 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $140.25
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About

Overview

GROUP COUNSELING: STRATEGIES AND SKILLS, Eighth Edition, provides an in-depth look at group counseling with an emphasis on practical knowledge and techniques for effective group leadership. The authors discuss the many facets of group counseling and provide examples of how each skill can be applied in a wide range of group settings to produce effective and efficient group sessions. The book focuses on the skills necessary for starting and ending a session, as well as on how to make the middle phase productive and meaningful. Its practical, active approach is supported by nearly 50 video segments-including several new ones-that demonstrate specific skills as well as the integration of multiple skills and techniques. Through its integration of traditional theories and concepts of group process with thoughtful strategies and specific skills, this reader-friendly book and video clips meet the needs of practicing or future counselors, social workers, psychologists, and others who are leading or preparing to lead groups in a variety of settings.

Features and Benefits

  • One of the most hands on, practical group texts available, this book offers many examples on how to lead groups, how to deal with problem members, and how to conduct therapy in a group. Examples also illustrate how to begin and close a session, how to draw out and cut off members, and how to conduct exercises in meaningful ways.
  • The book includes material on the practical application of numerous counseling theories in group settings as well as on the art of leading counseling and therapy groups.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction.
2. Stages of Groups, Group Process, and Therapeutic Forces.
3. Purpose of Groups.
4. Planning.
5. Getting Started: The Beginning State and Beginning Phase.
6. Basic Skills for Group Leaders.
7. Focus.
8. Cutting Off and Drawing Out.
9. Rounds and Dyads.
10. Exercises.
11. Introducing, Conducting, and Processing Exercises.
12. Leading the Middle Stage of a Group.
13. Using Counseling Theories in Groups.
14. Counseling and Therapy in Groups.
15. Closing a Session or Group.
16. Dealing with Problem Situations.
17. Working with Specific Populations.

What's New

  • Updated references throughout the text reflect current concepts and research findings relevant to group process. New and updated examples clarify concepts and skills.
  • New advanced video clips emphasize the integration of multiple skills outlined in the text. In addition, new longer video clips demonstrate the skills being used in the beginning, middle, and closing phases of sessions, and show theories being applied in a variety of ways to make groups more engaging.
  • New material on motivational interviewing has been added to Chapter 13, “Using Counseling Theories in Groups,” and new guidance on working with military groups appears in Chapter 17, “Working with Specific Populations.”
  • Chapter 18, “Issues in Group Counseling,” has been eliminated, with key content integrated into appropriate chapters. For instance, material on legal issues now appears in Chapter 1 in response to feedback from users and reviewers who felt that such material should be introduced early in the course. Information on co-leading now appears in Chapter 6, “Basic Skills for Group Leaders,” supported by a new video clip.

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Efficacy and Outcomes

Reviews

“It is very easy to read, lots of great examples are given, and the group skills are clearly described and labeled.”

— Gary Bauman, Brenau University, Georgia

“This book covers things not covered by other textbooks, and it is incredibly practical and approachable. The information is supported by examples, and that makes it very useful in real life.”

— Karin Lindstrom Bremer, Minnesota State University, Mankato

Supplements

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Instructor Supplements

Online PowerPoint®  (ISBN-10: 1305407415 | ISBN-13: 9781305407411)

These vibrant Microsoft® PowerPoint® lecture slides for each chapter assist you with your lecture by providing concept coverage using materials directly from the textbook.

Online Instructor’s Manual  (ISBN-10: 1305410335 | ISBN-13: 9781305410336)

The Instructor’s Manual (IM) contains a variety of resources to aid instructors in preparing and presenting text material in a manner that meets their personal preferences and course needs. It presents chapter-by-chapter suggestions and resources to enhance and facilitate learning.

Cengage Learning Testing, powered by Cognero Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1305407407 | ISBN-13: 9781305407404)

Cengage Learning Testing, powered by Cognero®, is a flexible, online system that allows you to: import, edit, and manipulate test bank content from the GROUP COUNSELING test bank or elsewhere, including your own favorite test questions; create multiple test versions in an instant; and deliver tests from your LMS, your classroom, or wherever you want.

DVD  (ISBN-10: 1305387260 | ISBN-13: 9781305387263)

This DVD, available with the text, features nearly 50 video segments that enable students to see many of the skills highlighted in the book, helping them to effectively translate theory to practice. New to this updated DVD are videos that integrate multiple skills as well as longer videos demonstrating skills being used in the beginning, middle, and closing phases of sessions.

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CourseMate, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1305279158 | ISBN-13: 9781305279155)

Cengage Learning's Counseling CourseMate brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook. CourseMate includes an integrated eBook, glossaries, flashcards, quizzes, videos that demonstrate group counseling techniques discussed in the text, and more-as well as Engagement Tracker, a first-of-its-kind tool that monitors student engagement in the course. MindTap® Reader is Cengage Learning's re-imagination of the traditional eBook, specifically designed for how students assimilate content and media assets-in a fully online, and often mobile, reading environment. The Reader allows students to make notes, highlight text, and find definitions right from the page and includes chapter-specific resources such as flashcards and more.

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Student Supplements

DVD  (ISBN-10: 1305387260 | ISBN-13: 9781305387263)

This DVD features nearly 50 video segments that enable you to see many of the skills highlighted in the book, helping you to effectively translate theory to practice. New to this updated DVD are videos that integrate multiple skills as well as longer videos demonstrating skills being used in the beginning, middle, and closing phases of sessions.

List Price = $83.95  | CengageBrain Price = $83.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $62.25

CourseMate, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1305279158 | ISBN-13: 9781305279155)

Cengage Learning's Counseling CourseMate brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook. Access an integrated eBook, learning tools including glossaries, flashcards, quizzes, and videos that demonstrate group counseling techniques discussed in the text, and more in your Counseling CourseMate. MindTap® Reader is Cengage Learning's re-imagination of the traditional eBook, specifically designed for how students assimilate content and media assets-in a fully online, and often mobile, reading environment. The Reader, which allows you to make notes, highlight text, and find definitions right from the page, also includes chapter-specific learning tools such as flashcards and more.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Ed E. Jacobs

Ed Jacobs is the coordinator of the master's program in the Counseling, Counseling Psychology, and Rehabilitation Counseling Department at West Virginia University. He is also the founder and director of Impact Therapy Associates. He teaches courses in techniques, theories, group, and addictions and conducts workshops throughout the United States and Canada on group counseling and Impact Therapy. Ed has written five other counseling books: HOW TO SELECT AND APPLY CHANGE STRATEGIES IN GROUPS, IMPACT THERAPY: THE COURAGE TO COUNSEL, LEADING GROUPS IN CORRECTIONS, IMPACT THERAPY, and CREATIVE COUNSELING TECHNIQUES: AN ILLUSTRATED GUIDE. In the past few years, Ed has traveled worldwide, introducing counselors to his group counseling and impact therapy ideas.

Christine J. Schimmel

Christine Schimmel is the coordinator of the school counseling program in the Department of Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling, and Counseling Psychology program at West Virginia University. She has been a counselor educator for over 15 years and has taught courses in school counseling, counseling techniques, group counseling, and counseling children and adolescents. Chris has written two other counseling books: HOW TO SELECT AND APPLY CHANGE STRATEGIES IN GROUPS and IMPACT THERAPY: THE COURAGE TO COUNSEL. Chris currently serves as the secretary for the West Virginia Board of Examiners in Counseling, the licensure board for professional counselors in the state. A former school counselor, her teaching and research interests are in the field of school counseling.

Robert L. Masson

Bob Masson is Professor Emeritus at West Virginia University and remains active in the counseling field by teaching courses at Florida Gulf Coast University in Ft. Myers, Florida. Bob was a professor for more than 30 years at West Virginia University in the Department of Counseling, Counseling Psychology, and Rehabilitation Counseling. He also served on the State of West Virginia Board of Examiners in Counseling and remains a Licensed Profession Counselor. He has taught courses in counseling techniques, theories, group counseling, and rehabilitation counseling.

Riley L. Harvill

Riley Harvill is the president of The HarBeck Company, a leadership training and consulting firm located in Dallas, Texas. Over the past several years, his work has focused on individual and team coaching with U.S. and Canadian police and fire departments. Before co-founding The HarBeck Company, Riley was an associate professor at University of North Texas in the Counselor Education Department, where he taught courses in individual and group counseling.