Group Development in Practice: Guidance for Clinicians and Researchers on Stages and Dynamics of Change

Group Development in Practice: Guidance for Clinicians and Researchers on Stages and Dynamics of Change

by Virginia Brabender, April Fallon
     
 

Group development, a key factor in treatment effectiveness, is covered in virtually every introductory text on group psychotherapy. This is the first book devoted exclusively to this process. In this volume, Virginia Brabender and April Fallon chronicle the rich history of group development research, provide a survey of modern theories of group development, and

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Group development, a key factor in treatment effectiveness, is covered in virtually every introductory text on group psychotherapy. This is the first book devoted exclusively to this process. In this volume, Virginia Brabender and April Fallon chronicle the rich history of group development research, provide a survey of modern theories of group development, and introduce the authors' own five-stage model of group development. The authors demonstrate the importance of group identity to the achievement of treatment goals through a series of vivid, real-life vignettes that illustrate the characteristic behavior of group members at each stage. They apply their developmental perspective not only to traditional unstructured groups but also to focused groups and groups emerging from postmodern frameworks, such as social constructionism and narrative psychology.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781433804083
Publisher:
American Psychological Association
Publication date:
11/15/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.20(d)

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Table of Contents


Ch. 1 Introduction to Stage Development in Psychotherapy Groups 3 I Group Development: Benefits, Theory, and Research 9 Ch. 2 Advantages of a Developmental Approach to Group Psychotherapy 11 Ch. 3 Theoretical History of Group Development in Its Application to Psychotherapy Groups 27 Ch. 4 Empirical Investigations of Group Development 63 II A Five-Stage Model of Group Development 97 Ch. 5 An Illustration of a Group Through Its Development 99 Ch. 6 Developmentally Focused Leadership Activities of the Therapist 133 Ch. 7 Stage Development With Structured Group Approaches to Psychotherapy: Cognitive, Cognitive-Behavioral, and Behavioral 161 Ch. 8 Postmodern Approaches and Group Psychotherapy: Clinical and Developmental Implications 197 III The Future of Developmentally Relevant Theory, Research, and Practice 223 Ch. 9 Contextual Variables Requiring Further Examination 225 Ch. 10 Group Development: Integrating Theory, Research, and Practice 249 Glossary 269 References 275 Author Index 299 Subject Index 305

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