Drawing from the author's vast experience as teacher, researcher, and practitioner, Lawrence Shulman's Dynamics and Skills of Group Counseling offers solid coverage of methods for effective group counseling--giving clear guidance to clinical group workers across the helping professions. Guided by theory, empirical research, and his own group practice, Shulman brings concepts to life with vivid cases that include "Record of Service" reports and dialogue from actual groups. These illustrative examples connect theory to current practice while addressing the day-to-day realities of leading counseling groups. Extremely practical, the book presents a clear format on how to run a group built around four phases of work: the preliminary (preparatory) phase; the beginning (contracting) phase; the middle (work) phase; and the ending and transition phase. It also shows how these lessons can be applied to a wide range of settings.
Introduction: What is This Book About?
PART I: THE CORE DYNAMICS AND SKILLS OF GROUP COUNSELING.
1. Underlying Assumptions About People, Groups and Group Counseling.
2. Mutual Aid Processes in the Group.
3. Group Formation.
4. The Beginning Phase with Groups.
5. The Middle Phase of Group Counseling.
6. The Middle Phase Skills.
7. Working with the Individual in the Group.
8. Working with the Group as the "Second Client".
9. Endings and Transitions with Groups.
10. Open-Ended, Single Session, Activity and On-line Groups.
11. The Impact of Diversity on Group Practice.
12. Models of Group Counseling.
13. The Impact of Values, Ethics and Legislation.
PART II: THE VARIANT ELEMENTS IN GROUP COUNSELING: SETTING, POPULATION AND PROBLEM.
14. Group Counseling in Substance Abuse Settings.
15. Group Counseling in the Schools.
16. Group Counseling in Marital and Family Settings.
17. Group Counseling in Community Mental Health Settings.
18. Group Counseling in Job and Career Settings.
19. Group Counseling in Medical and Rehabilitation Settings.
Appendix A: Research Methodology and Selected Findings.
Appendix B: Resilience Theory and Research.
Appendix C: Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW) Best Practice Guidelines.
Appendix D: Links to Associations, Practice Guidelines and Codes of Ethics.
Index of Case Examples.