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Drawing from the author's vast experience as teacher, researcher, and practitioner, Lawrence Shulman's DYNAMICS AND SKILLS OF GROUP COUNSELING equips students in the helping professions with a solid introduction to methods for effective group counseling. Guided by theory, empirical research, years of teaching experience, his own group practice, and the wisdom of colleagues, Shulman's text brings concepts to life with vivid cases that include "Record of Service" reports and dialogue from actual groups. These illustrative examples connect theory to current practice and address the day-to-day realities of leading counseling groups. Extremely practical, the book presents students with a clear format on how to run a group built around four phases of work: the preliminary (preparatory) phase; the beginning (contracting) phase; the middle (work) phase; and the ending and transition phase. Recognizing the broad applications of these methods, the latter part of the text shows how these lessons can be applied to a wide range of settings. Reflecting the latest research and practices, DYNAMICS AND SKILLS OF GROUP COUNSELING delivers an insightful, authoritative, and comprehensive introduction to the field.

Lawrence Shulman, State University of New York, Buffalo

Lawrence Shulman is a professor, as well as a former dean, in the School of Social Work at the State University of New York, Buffalo campus. A social work practitioner educator for more than 40 years, he has done extensive research on the core helping skills in social work practice, supervision, and child welfare and school violence. Dr. Shulman has published numerous articles and monographs on direct practice and is the author or coeditor of nine books. He also was the coeditor of the JOURNAL OF CLINICAL SUPERVISION and serves on five other editorial boards. In addition, Dr. Shulman is the cofounder and cochair of the International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Clinical Supervision sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and the Haworth Press. Recognized for his dedication to excellence in scholarship and research, pedagogy and curriculum development, and organizational leadership, Dr. Shulman is a recipient of the 2014 Significant Lifetime Achievement in Social Work Education Award, awarded by the Council of Social Work Education.
  • This exciting first edition is written by an author who thoroughly knows his material--and his audience. Widely respected for his accomplishments in the classroom, in research, and in real-world practice, Dr. Lawrence Shulman is a social work practitioner educator with more than 40 years of experience. His extensive research includes the core helping skills in social work practice, supervision, and child welfare and school violence.
  • Extremely reader friendly, DYNAMICS AND SKILLS OF GROUP COUNSELING presents topics in a logical framework based on the phases of group work: the preliminary phase or preparatory phase, the beginning or contracting phase, the middle or work phase, and the ending and transition phase.
  • Part I: "The Core Dynamics and Skills of Group Counseling" uses vivid case examples to illustrate how the model is applied to practice in realistic group sessions--giving readers an up-close, insiders' view of the real-world application of chapter concepts.
  • Reflecting the latest trends in the field, Part II focuses on the implementation of the model to the numerous areas where group work is most often applied, including substance abuse settings, schools, marital and family settings, community mental health settings, job and career settings, and medical and rehabilitation settings.
  • Driving home key topics for students, "Practice Points" and "Practice Summary" icons call attention to the author's insights about the dynamics of the group during case examples.
Introduction: What is This Book About?
1. Underlying Assumptions About People, Groups and Group Counseling.
2. Mutual Aid Processes in the Group.
3. Group Formation.
4. The Beginning Phase with Groups.
5. The Middle Phase of Group Counseling.
6. The Middle Phase Skills.
7. Working with the Individual in the Group.
8. Working with the Group as the "Second Client".
9. Endings and Transitions with Groups.
10. Open-Ended, Single Session, Activity and On-line Groups.
11. The Impact of Diversity on Group Practice.
12. Models of Group Counseling.
13. The Impact of Values, Ethics and Legislation.
14. Group Counseling in Substance Abuse Settings.
15. Group Counseling in the Schools.
16. Group Counseling in Marital and Family Settings.
17. Group Counseling in Community Mental Health Settings.
18. Group Counseling in Job and Career Settings.
19. Group Counseling in Medical and Rehabilitation Settings.
Appendix A: Research Methodology and Selected Findings.
Appendix B: Resilience Theory and Research.
Appendix C: Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW) Best Practice Guidelines.
Appendix D: Links to Associations, Practice Guidelines and Codes of Ethics.
Index of Case Examples.
Name Index.
Subject Index.

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