Group Work: A Counseling Specialty (4th Edition)

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9780130613059: Group Work: A Counseling Specialty (4th Edition)

The fourth edition of this highly readable book examines all of the essential skills required to be an effective leader of a variety of groups in a variety of settings. It explores the history of group therapy work, and the development of groups—how they grow, how they change, and how various groups differ. It addresses the specifics of working with children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly. And, it discusses ten prominent theoretical perspectives from which groups can be approached, covering how each theory evolved, how it is practiced, and the results it most commonly achieves. Includes coverage of working with gay/lesbian/bisexual clients in groups and includes expanded coverage of the multicultural aspects of group work and understanding the influence of culture, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation and other factors on how groups function and what they can accomplish. For professionals in the field of group counseling.

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A comprehensive introduction to group counseling, designed for students without previous exposure to the study of group dynamics. The text begins with excellent coverage of the history and theoretical basis of group counseling. Ten theoretical models of group work are examined; as are specifics of group counseling procedures, from forming a group to termination. Coverage includes an excellent chapter on ethical and legal aspects of group work; as well as a thorough examination of the unique characteristics of special populations who can benefit from group work.

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A comprehensive book that discusses the evolution, practice, and outcomes of 11 prominent theoretical approaches to group work and examines the essentials required to be an effective worker and leader with groups in various settings and life stages. It begins with an introduction to the history, dynamics, diversity, leadership, ethics, and development that are part of the lives of groups. It then presents an extensive discussion of the issues and procedures for working with groups throughout the lifecycle. For group counselors and therapist, or anyone working with or within a group.

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