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THEORY AND PRACTICE OF GROUP COUNSELING, 9th Edition, gives students an in-depth overview of the eleven group counseling theories. In addition to illustrating how to put these theories into practice, this best-selling text guides students in developing their own syntheses of various aspects of the theories. With Corey's clear, straightforward writing style, students are able to grasp each theoretical concept and its relationship to group practice with ease.

Gerald Corey, California State University, Fullerton (Emeritus)

Gerald Corey is Professor Emeritus of Human Services and Counseling at California State University at Fullerton. He received his doctorate in counseling from the University of Southern California. He is a Diplomate in Counseling Psychology, American Board of Professional Psychology; a licensed psychologist; and a National Certified Counselor. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 17, Counseling Psychology; and Division 49, Group Psychotherapy); a Fellow of the American Counseling Association; and a Fellow of the Association for Specialists in Group Work. Both Jerry and Marianne Corey received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Mental Health Counselors Association in 2011, and both also received the Eminent Career Award from ASGW in 2001. Dr. Jerry Corey was given the Outstanding Professor of the Year Award from California State University at Fullerton in 1991. He regularly teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in group counseling and ethics in counseling. He is the author or coauthor of 15 textbooks in counseling currently in print, along with more than 60 journal articles and book chapters.
  • Revisions to Part One, “Basic Elements of Group Process,” include updated research on the beneficial aspects of group work, a new and expanded discussion of the role of research in group work, a new section on evidence-based practices in group work and a discussion of practice-based evidence as an alternative, a new discussion of bridging the gap between research and clinical practice, and an expanded discussion on integrating research into the practice of group work.
  • Part Two, “Theoretical Approaches to Group Counseling,” has been revised to reflect contemporary trends in practice and to include the most current references available, based on recommendations of expert reviewers for each theory.
  • Each chapter in Part Two begins with a biographical sketch of a key figure (or figures) associated with the theory at hand. In addition, each theory chapter now includes a new section with five self-reflection and discussion questions, aimed at promoting interaction in class.
  • Chapter 6, “The Psychoanalytic Approach to Groups,” features increased emphasis on the role of the relationship in analytic group therapy; a new perspective on resistance and interpretation; new material on countertransference, its role in psychoanalytic group therapy, and guidelines for effectively managing countertransference; cultural considerations in working with transference and countertransference; and a revised discussion of brief psychodynamic therapy.
  • Chapter 7, “Adlerian Group Counseling,” contains new or revised material on social interest, how goals influence behavior, the Adlerian perspective of the therapeutic relationship, and the assessment phase in counseling. It also includes additional examples, an additional sample dialogue to illustrate interventions, and a new illustrative dialogue in a group with children and adolescents.
  • Chapter 9, “The Existential Approach to Groups,” includes increased emphasis on the role of a group member as an active agent of change, new material on how spiritual values can be a source of healing in groups, and more emphasis on research reviews of existential and humanistic therapies.
  • This edition includes revised, expanded, or new material on translating the core conditions in action, the role of empathy in a group experience, person-centered expressive arts in groups, and the diversity of styles in person-centered facilitation (Ch. 10); and more emphasis on using Gestalt techniques with children in groups (Ch. 11).
  • Chapter 13, “Cognitive Behavioral Approaches to Groups,” features new discussion of trends in contemporary CBT; more emphasis on the role of therapeutic relationship and collaboration; and expansion of the mindfulness and acceptance approaches in CBT, future directions of CBT, and research reviews of CBT.
  • Chapter 16, “Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) and Motivational Interviewing (MI) in Groups,” presents more emphasis on clients being actively involved in the therapeutic process as well as expanded material on how to use SFBT techniques flexibly, the role of feedback to group members, applying SFBT with multicultural populations, common ground shared by SFBT and MI approaches, and techniques used in motivational interviewing.
  • The great popularity of this bestseller stems from Corey's success in linking theory to successful practice-ultimately giving students the ability to integrate approaches to develop their own frameworks for effective group counseling. Each theory chapter follows a consistent outline, enabling students to easily compare and contrast different theoretical approaches across chapters. Each theory chapter also illustrates how the theory is used effectively in group practice.
  • The text is packed with examples, applications, and links from theory to practice throughout.
  • Part Three, “Application and Integration,” includes two chapters focused specifically on practical application. Chapter 17, “Comparisons, Contrasts, and Integration” features an integrative model of group counseling that illustrates how theories and approaches can be combined into a practical and unique synthesis. Chapter 18, “Evolution of a Group: An Integrative Perspective” follows a group in action, demonstrating how Marianne and Jerry Corey draw from various approaches as they lead groups. Students can watch this process unfold on the GROUPS IN ACTION: EVOLUTION AND CHALLENGES DVD/workbook.
  • Exposing students to dilemmas group leaders typically face, Chapter 3, “Ethical and Professional Issues in Group Practice” provides suggestions to reduce the chance of malpractice actions.
  • In keeping with the trend toward time-limited groups, new Chapter 16, “Solution-Focused Brief Therapy and Motivational Interviewing in Groups” highlights key concepts, techniques, and applications of brief, structured approaches to group work. Praised by reviewers, the chapter's effective “Application: Therapeutic Techniques and Procedures” section guides students from pre-therapy change to questioning, exception questions, the miracle question, scaling questions, the formula first session task, and therapy feedback to group members.
  • Corey integrates multicultural concerns into every chapter, highlighting the importance of ethical issues in working with multicultural populations and helping students develop the skills needed to become effective multicultural leaders.
  • This edition's greatly revised Chapter 10, “The Person-Centered Approach to Groups” features a section-written in collaboration with Dr. Natalie Rogers-showing students how art and movement can be included in the person-centered approach.
  • Chapter 13, “Cognitive Behavioral Approach to Groups” discusses the current cognitive behavioral trend that involves mindfulness and acceptance-based treatments that have potentially powerful clinical applications. Corey focuses specifically on how these treatments apply to group work. Coverage includes dialectical behavior therapy, mindfulness-based stress reduction, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy.
1. Introduction to Group Work.
2. Group Leadership.
3. Ethical and Professional Issues in Group Practice.
4. Early Stages in the Development of a Group.
5. Later Stages in the Development of a Group.
6. The Psychoanalytic Approach to Groups.
7. Adlerian Group Counseling.
8. Psychodrama in Groups.
9. The Existential Approach to Groups.
10. The Person-Centered Approach to Groups.
11. Gestalt Therapy in Groups.
12. Transactional Analysis in Groups.
13. Cognitive Behavioral Approaches in Groups.
14. Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy in Groups.
15. Choice Theory/Reality Therapy in Groups.
16. Solution-Focused Brief Therapy and Motivational Interviewing in Groups.
17. Comparisons, Contrasts, and Integration.
18. The Evolution of a Group: An Integrative Perspective.
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“This book is a well presented, comprehensive textbook on group counseling practices, ethics, techniques, and theoretical application.”

“This is an effective group counseling textbook that breaks down group counseling from the crucial components of leadership, ethics, stages, skills, and techniques and then enhances it with application to different populations and integration of group counseling theories.”

“This is an excellent textbook that provides both a beginning and advanced understanding of the theories and practices of group counseling. It includes a thorough, yet concise review of the basic group process and practice. It provides a clear understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of key assumptions and techniques of each theory and illustrates their application to groups in action. I recommend this book to all students and professionals with the goal of enhancing their theoretical application to their practice of therapeutic groups.”

“This is the best book on the market for use in teaching a Group Counseling Class. It is very readable and my students enjoy it very much. I find the integrative emphasis to be valuable for future counselors. The sections on school counseling, multicultural issues, and the balance between theory and practice make this a thorough, well-rounded textbook.”

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