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This widely used and respected book presents an active, multisensory approach to group leading, focusing heavily on group leadership skills. While written with the counselor in mind, GROUP COUNSELING: STRATEGIES AND SKILLS, 7th Edition also provides an outstanding discussion of group dynamics for professionals in group leadership positions. The authors discuss the many facets of group counseling and provide examples that show how each skill can be applied in a wide range of group settings to produce efficient working groups.

Covers group dynamics, basic skills, purpose & focus, exercises, prob. situations, ethical guidelines, etc.

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Editorial Reviews

Offers strategies and exercises in group facilitation to beginning students and experienced practitioners. Overviews the group process, covering leadership functions, stages of groups, therapeutic forces, and purposes of groups. Describes how to begin and close a group, how to work with specific populations and settings, and how to deal with problem situations. This fourth edition includes more sample dialogs from actual groups, new chapter activities, and more suggestions for working with members from diverse populations. Jacobs is affiliated with West Virginia University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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"It is very easy to read, lots of great examples are given, and the group skills are clearly described and labeled."

"This book covers things not covered by other textbooks, and it is incredibly practical and approachable. The information is supported by examples, and that makes it very useful in real life."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780840033932
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/1/2011
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 71,910
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Ed E. Jacobs is associate professor and coordinator of the Master's Counseling Program at West Virginia University, where he has taught group counseling for the last 35 years. In the last 30 years, Dr. Jacobs has presented more than 150 group counseling workshops throughout the United States and Canada. He is a fellow in the Association for Specialists in Group Work and received the Professional Development Award from the Association for Specialists in Group Work in 2003.

Robert L. Mason was a professor for over 30 years at West Virginia University, where he taught group counseling, techniques, and theories courses. He is a professor emeritus at West Virginia University. Dr. Mason is a visiting professor at Florida Gulf Coast University, where he is teaching group counseling and other counseling-related courses. Dr. Masson serves on the West Virginia Examiners in Counseling.

Dr. Riley L. Harvill is the co-founder of the HarBeck Company, a human resource training and consulting firm located in Dallas, Texas. Before co-founding The HarBeck Company, Dr. Harvill was an associate professor at the University of North Texas in the Counselor Education Department, where he taught courses in individual and group counseling.

Dr. Christine J. Schimmel was a counselor educator at Marshall University for several years before joining the West Virginia University counseling faculty in 2009, where she coordinates the school counseling program. In the last 15 years, she has presented more than 40 group counseling workshops throughout the United States. Dr. Schimmel currently serves on the West Virginia Board of Examiners in Counseling.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction. 2. Stages of Groups, Group Process, and Therapeutic Forces. 3. Purpose of Groups. 4. Planning. 5. Getting Started: The Beginning Stage and Beginning Phase. 6. Basic Skills for Group Leaders. 7. Focus. 8. Cutting Off and Drawing Out. 9. Rounds and Dyads. 10. Exercises. 11. Introducing, Conducting, and Processing Exercises. 12. Leading the Middle Stage of a Group. 13. Using Counseling Theories in Groups. 14. Counseling and Therapy in Groups. 15. Closing a Session or Group. 16. Dealing with Problem Situations. 17. Working with Specific Populations. 18. Issues in Group Counseling. Appendix. References. Index.

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