Handbook of Group Counseling and Psychotherapy

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Janice L. DeLucia-Waack, Deborah A. Gerrity, Cynthia R. Kalodner, Maria Riva
SAGE, 2004 - Psychology - 663 pages
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The Handbook of Group Counseling and Psychotherapy is a comprehensive reference guide for group practitioners and researchers alike. Each chapter reviews the literature and current research as well as suggestions for practice in the psycho educational arena, counselling, and therapy groups. The Handbook encourages the notion that the field is improved through increased collaboration between researchers and practitioners. Through a review of cutting-edge research and practice, the Handbook includes

} 48 articles by renowned experts in group work

} the history and theory of group work

} topics across the lifespan

} an entire section on multicultural issues

} a variety of clinical problems and settings

} appendices include the Association for Specialists in Group Work Training Standards, Best Practice Standards, and Principles for Diversity-Competent Group Workers

The Handbook is divided into seven sections:

Current and Historical Perspectives on the Field of Group Counselling and Psychotherapy, reviews and analyzes the many contributions and contributors that have made group counselling and psychotherapy a vital and potent treatment method. The chapter outlines review articles spanning four decades, and outlines the evolution of group themes over the last 100 years.

Best Practices in Group Counselling and Psychotherapy uses research, theory, and group counseling experience to provide group leaders and researches with the most current and best practices in conducting group counseling and psychotherapy.

Multicultural Groups follows the ASGW Principles for Diversity-Competent Group Workers and is intended to provide group leaders with essential information about different cultural groups and their world views, perceptions of groups, naturalistic healing methods, suggested group interventions, and implications for groups. Chapters cover Native-Americans, Latinos, Asians, and African-Americans, disabled persons, and gender and sexuality.

Groups Across Settings includes examples of psycho-educational, counseling, and psychotherapy groups in a variety of settings. This section presents readers with theoretical and empirical support for group work in such settings as the Veterans Administration system, university counselling centers, and more.

Groups Across the Lifespan consist of chapters across many age groups. For children and adolescents, cognitive and developmental issues are addressed. For adults, socialization and interpersonal issues are addressed, including separate chapters for male and female groups. Finally, a chapter on the elderly deals with cognitive, health, and life review issues.

Special Topics Groups presents a continuum of different types of groups used to treat people with interpersonal and developmental issues, such as grief, substance abuse, depression, and others. Each chapter in this section provides definitions and descriptions of the issues along with theoretical and empirical support.

Finally, Critical Issues and Emerging Topics attempts to reflect the zeitgeist and provide a glimpse into group interventions for the future. Emerging issues, such as online groups, prevention groups, and peer-led mutual help groups receive careful attention and analysis.

The Handbook of Group Counseling and Psychotherapy, the first reference devoted to this emerging and rapidly growing field, is essential for academics, researchers, professionals, and librarians serving the group therapy community. There is no similar reference available, and it will prove a landmark volume for years to come.


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Current and Historical Perspectives on the Field of Group Counseling and Psychotherapy
History of Group Counseling and Psychotherapy
The Importance of Therapeutic Factors A Typology of Therapeutic Factors Studies
Effective Leadership in Group Counseling and Psychotherapy Research and Practice
Process and Outcome in Group Counseling and Psychotherapy A Perspective
Best Practices in Groups
An Overview of Current Research and Best Practices for Training Beginning Group Leaders
Conducting A Group Guidelines for Choosing and Using Activities
Groups With Offenders and Mandated Clients
Groups in the Workplace
Group Counseling and Group Therapy in Mental Health Settings and Health Maintenance Organizations
Groups Across the Life Span
Group Counseling and Psychotherapy With Children and Adolescents Current Practice and Research
Practice Trends in Womens Groups An Inclusive View
Counseling Men in Groups The Role of Myths Therapeutic Factors Leadership and Rituals
Group Counseling With Older Adults

Effective Leader Interventions for Counseling and Psychotherapy Groups
The Effective Use of Processing in Groups
Measures of Group Process Dynamics Climate Leadership Behaviors and Therapeutic Factors A Review
Effective Supervision of Group Leaders Current Theory Research and Implications for Practice
Guidelines for Ethical and Legal Practice in Counseling and Psychotherapy Groups
Multicultural Groups
Sound of the Drum Group Counseling With Native Americans
An Afrocentric Approach to Counseling Groups With African Americans
Group Counseling With Asians
Psychoeducational and Counseling Groups With Latinos
Psychoeducational and Counseling Groups With Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgendered Clients
Group Approaches for Persons With Disabilities
Guidelines for Facilitating Groups With International College Students
The Impact of RacialCultural Identity of Group Leaders and Members Theory and Recommendations
The Impact of Language on Dynamics in Counseling and Psychotherapy Groups
Multicultural Interventions in Groups The Use of Indigenous Methods
Groups Across Settings
Group Counseling in the Schools
Psychological Work With Groups in the Veterans Administration
Groups in Behavioral Health and Medical Settings
The Use of Groups in Inpatient Facilities Needs Focus Successes and Remaining Dilemmas
The Use of Groups in College and University Counseling Centers
Building the Foundation for Group Counseling and Psychotherapy in Private Practice
Special Topic Groups
Psychoeducational and Counseling Groups to Prevent and Treat Eating Disorders and Disturbances
Groups for Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse
Theory Practice and Research of Grief Groups
Group Treatment of Depression
Anger Management Groups
Group Approaches in Substance Abuse Treatment
Group Work With Men Who Have Committed Partner Abuse
Adventure Therapy With Groups
Critical Issues and Emerging Topics
Online Group Counseling
Prevention Groups
The Role of PeerLed Mutual Help Groups in Promoting Health and WellBeing
Brief Group Therapy
Current Status and Future Directions of Group Therapy Research
Association for Specialists in Group Work Professional Standards for the Training of Group Workers
Association for Specialists in Group Work Principles for DiversityCompetent Group Workers
Association for Specialists in Group Work Best Practice Guidelines
Author Index
Subject Index

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About the author (2004)

Janice L. DeLucia-Waack is currently an Associate Professor and Program Director for School Counseling in the Department of Counseling, School, and Educational Psychology at the University at Buffalo, SUNY. She is also currently the Executive Director for the Association for Specialists in Group Work. She is the former editor of the Journal for Specialists in Group Work, and is a fellow in the American Counseling Association; Association for Specialists in Group Work (a division of ACA; and Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy, a division of the American Psychological Association. She is author/editor of two books, Using Music in Children of Divorce Groups: A Session-By-Session Manual for Counselors and Multicultural Counseling and Training: Implications and Challenges for Practice, and co-editor/author of three other books: The Practice of Multicultural Group Work: Visions and Perspectives from the Field (with Jeremiah Donigian); Group Work Experts Share Their Favorite Activities: A Guide to Choosing, Planning, Conducting, and Processing (with Karen Bridbord and Jennifer Kleiner) , School Counselors Share Their Favorite Activities: A Guide to Choosing, Planning, Conducting, and Processing (with Louisa Foss, Judy Green, Kelli Wolfe-Stiltner), How to Design a Group Plan (with Amy Nitza) as part of Robert Conyne Group Work Practice Kit: Improving the Everyday Practice of Group Work. Her current project is the fifth in the ASGW Group Activity Book Series due out in Fall 2013: School Counselors Share Their Favorite Classroom Guidance Activities. (with Faith Colvin, Sarah Korta, Katherine Maertin, Eric Martin, & Lily Zawadski. She received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Eisenhower College, a master’s degree in Family Studies from the University of Maryland, and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the Pennsylvania State University.

Deborah A. Gerrity has been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Counseling, School, and Educational Psychology at the University at Buffalo, SUNY since 2000. She is a faculty member in the Counseling Psychology, Counselor Education, and School Counseling programs. She teaches the Introduction to Group Counseling course for the master’s students in School and Rehabilitation Counseling and the doctoral students in Counseling Psychology. Her bachelors degree in Psychology, masters in Community Counseling, Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, and doctoral internship were all completed at the University of Maryland at College Park. Her counseling and research interests are in the areas of group counseling and women’s issues, including sexual abuse, sexual harassment, infertility, and gender role socialization. Deborah has authored or co-authored 20 journal articles, research reports, manuscripts, and book chapters. In 2002, she received the Outstanding Research Article on GroupsAward from the Association For Specialists In Group Work.

Cynthia R. Kalodner is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Towson University in Towson, Maryland. She is the director of the masters program in Counseling Psychology and works closely with post-Masters students seeking licensure as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. Dr. Kalodner teaches Advanced Group Counseling and supervises students on practicum and internship placements throughout Maryland, Washington, D.C., and northern Virginia. She received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Rutgers University (1984), a master’s degree in Counselor Education (1986), and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology (1988) from the Pennsylvania State University. She completed her internship at the Counseling Center at the University of Texas at Austin. She is the author of the book, Eating Disorders and Disturbances: A Reference Guide, published by Greenwood Press. She has authored or co-authored more than 40 book chapters and journal articles and made numerous presentations at national meetings focused on eating disorders, cognitive-behavioral counseling theory and practice, and a variety of topics as diverse as health care issues in Appalachia to burnout among graduate students. She continues to conduct research on predictors of the development of eating disorders and media literacy groups focused on the prevention of eating problems in girls and women.

Maria T. Riva is a Professor in Counseling Psychology and Chair of the Department of School and Counseling Psychology at the University of Denver. She received her B.A. in psychology from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1976, her M.S. in behavior modification from Southern Illinois University in 1979, and her Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in counseling psychology in 1990. Dr. Riva is currently the President of the APA Division 49, Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy. She is a past president of the American Counseling Association Division of the Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW), a Fellow of ASGW, and a past Associate Editor of the Journal for Specialists in Gorup Work. She has written articles on supervision and teaching of group counseling, and group superivison, along with co-editing the Handbook of Group Counseling and Psychotherapy (with DeLucia-Waack, Gerrity, and Kalodner) and authoring the book Assessing Groups with Robin Lange. She teaches group counseling courses and courses in supervision. Her research interests are in group dynamics, group leadership, and ethical group supervision.

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