Becoming a Group Leader

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Engaging, descriptive, and interactive, this text explores the complexities of groups, the preparation and development required of group leaders, and the fundamentals needed to understand the inner workings and forces of a group and its individual members.

With an emphasis on developing the group leader’s self-acceptance and self-understanding as a critical component of leading successful group counseling sessions, Becoming a Group Leader integrates theory and practice so that group leaders not only learn the methods, models and philosophies surrounding successful group counseling, but also how to apply these lessons through specific strategies for planning and facilitating unique types of both clinical and non-clinical groups. Unlike other texts that might focus on skill development over concept and theory, this book puts forth that understanding the ideas behind group dynamics and counseling is vital in applying them in real-life situations.

Special Features Include:

  • An integrative theoretical approach to group leadership throughout the text that lends students a greater expertise and deeper understanding for leading both clinical and non-clinical groups.
  • An emphasis on personal development for the group leader that promotes self-understanding and self-acceptance within the group, which then leads to a greater understanding and acceptance of others as they are.
  • Personal development exercises found in eight of the chapters that help build healthy adult narcissism and helps to reduce the potential negative effects of countertransference in group settings.
  • The “Know, Be, Do” model of group leadership that helps group leaders understand the knowledge base, the personal development, and the tasks and techniques they need to understand in order to smoothly run a flourishing group.
  • Vignettes that engage students in real-world situations and scenarios and Student Exercises that help them to synthesize, review, and retain what they have just learned.
  • Specific planning information for facilitating six types of non-clinical groups and two types of clinically focused groups that give students a broader perspective for the different types of groups that counselors will be expected to facilitate and reduce anxiety surrounding facilitation skills. This information appears in chapters 9, 10, and 11.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205503285
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/28/2008
  • Series: Pearson Custom Education Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Nina W. Brown is a professor and eminent scholar of counseling at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. She is the author of sixteen published books, five of which focus on the subject of groups: Teaching Group Dynamics (Praeger, 1992), Group Counseling for Elementary and Middle School Children (Praeger, 1994) Expressive Processes in Group Counseling (Praeger, 1996), Psychoeducational Groups (Routledge, 2003)), and Creating High Performance Classroom Groups (Routledge, 2000). She received her doctorate form The College of William and Mary, and is currently a board member and Fellow of the American Group Psychotherapy Association, a Member of the Association For Specialists in Group Work, and a member of the American Psychological Association. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia, and a Nationally Certified Counselor. Brown resides with her husband in Virginia Beach, VA.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Becoming an Effective Group Leader

Chapter 2 Group Dynamics and Therapeutic Factors

Chapter 3 Cultural and Diversity Factors

Chapter 4 Ethics, Professional Standards, and Legal Concerns

Chapter 5 Effective Use of Developmental Group Stages

Chapter 6 General Guidelines for Planning

Chapter 7 Group Facilitation Skills

Chapter 8 The Group Leader's Personal Development

Chapter 9 Building a Therapeutic Self

Chapter 10 Educational and Skills Training Groups

Chapter 11 Psychoeducational and Task Groups

Chapter 12 Clinical Groups

Chapter 13 Challenges, Difficulties, and Interventions: Member Level

Chapter 14 Group-Level Challenges and Interventions

Chapter 15 Group Activities

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