How personal growth and task groups work

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Sage, 1989 - Social Science - 121 pages
Here is a practical, clearly written volume on how practitioners can develop effective groups. It offers a graphic and well-conceptualized account of two major categories of groups: task groups (committee and planning groups) for solving problems and accomplishing goals; and personal groups (psychotherapy and growth groups) for achieving individual change and developing interpersonal skills. The author utilizes two extensive examples--or continuing "stories"--throughout the volume to demonstrate the applicability of his techniques for group development. In addition, each chapter is devoted to a phase of group development, such as orientation, organization, data flow, and problem solving. Comprehensive as well as practical, this volume will serve as an effective group development roadmap for practitioners and students in counseling, social work, psychology, education, management, and organizational studies. "Conyne's short volume fulfills its promise to be a very practical guide to group work. Its story form is particularly illuminating for beginning students of group process. The stages of group development, the evolution of group leadership skills and the role of the consultant are presented in a way that makes it easy for the instructor to illustrate theories of working with groups. Highly recommended." --University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee "The strength of the book is that the consultant's relationship with task group leader and the mutual sharing between the two counselors in the growth group provide a model for openness, discussion of feelings, problem identification and resolution on a number of important issues related to groups." --AACD Guidepost

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Robert K. Conyne, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus from the University of Cincinnati, is a Licensed Psychologist, Clinical Counselor and Fellow of the Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW) and the American Psychological Association. He has 36 years of professional experience as a University Professor and Department Head, psychologist, counselor, administrator, consultant, and trainer. Current work finds him volunteering as an American Red Cross disaster mental health specialist and serving as a Military Family Life Consultant. Bob has received many awards, including Eminent Career Award from the ASGW; Lifetime Achievement Award in Prevention, Society of Counseling Psychology of the APA; Distinguished Alumni Award of Distinction from Purdue University, and being designated a Soros International Scholar. He is 2009 President of the APA's Division of Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy. With over 200 scholarly publications and presentations including 10 books in his areas of expertise (group work, prevention, and ecological counseling), along with broad international consultation in these areas, Bob is recognized as an expert in working with people and systems. With colleague (and wife), Lynn S. Rapin, Ph.D., he also helps people plan and prepare psychologically for their upcoming retirement, using the holistic approach they developed, "Charting Your Personal Future." This new book on Prevention Program Development builds on his basic text, Preventive Counseling (2004). His most recent offering (2008) is Group Techniques: How to Use Them More Meaningfully (with former students Jeri Crowell and Mark Newmeyer), which demonstrates how to help group members by using an ecological orientation. When not working, Bob and Lynn-as often as possible with their children Suzanne and Zack, who are now grown--can be found enjoying life at their Northern Ontario cottage with their dog, Lucy.

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