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More than a recipe book of techniques that group leaders can pull out at the right time, this book encourages readers to use techniques sensitively and creatively in their own groups, and to go one step further to invent their own techniques. The authors draw on their combined experiences as teachers, as consultants to mental-health professionals, and as private practitioners to provide a realistic approach to group work. Emphasizing that techniques are means, not ends, the book is designed to enhance the group leader's ability to generate a therapeutic and human rapport between leader and members.
- This edition provides more thorough explanations of the therapeutic rationale for the various techniques described in each chapter.
- Techniques are linked to theoretical orientations of group counseling that are described in detail in Gerald Corey's THEORY AND PRACTICE OF GROUP COUNSELING, Eighth Edition (©2012).
- Research and references are updated in each chapter, and a greater number of examples from various types of groups are included.
- Additional and updated dialogues further illuminate the material.
- Brief commentaries provide information on how the examples described in the book are related to different group counseling theories.
- Direct references to THEORY AND PRACTICE OF GROUP COUNSELING in Chapters 3 through 7 help students see how the specific techniques relate to the theories.
- This book helps readers understand the connection between theory and practice, with emphasis on the various techniques that are associated with the major group counseling theories.
- The authors draw upon their clinical experiences in leading groups and training group leaders to flesh out examples and discussion of key concepts.
- The book's design, along with its numerous activities, allows it to be a text, a student manual, and a reference work for practitioners.
- The authors present techniques for creating trust, dealing with resistance, starting a session, working with dreams, working with intense emotions, and ending a session. They also offer specific examples to help students better understand what happens during each stage of a group session.
- Students learn about the role of cultural factors in the use of group techniques.
2. Ethical Issues in Using Group Techniques.
3. Techniques for Forming Groups.
4. Techniques for the Initial Stage.
5. Techniques for the Transition Stage.
6. Techniques for the Working Stage.
7. Techniques for the Final Stage.