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

Hardcover (Print)
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $95.73
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (1) from $95.73   
  • Used (1) from $95.73   
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any coupons and promotions
Seller since 2014

Feedback rating:



New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

Very Good
2009 Hardback NEAR FINE 9781433804083 Hardback, This listing is a new book, a title currently in-print which we order directly and immediately from the publisher. *****PLEASE ... NOTE: This item is shipping from an authorized seller in Europe. In the event that a return is necessary, you will be able to return your item within the US. To learn more about our European sellers and policies see the BookQuest FAQ section***** Read more Show Less

Ships from: Stroud, Glos, United Kingdom

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Sort by


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.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Gary B Kaniuk, Psy.D.(Cermak Health Services)
Description: The authors introduce their own five-stage model of group development in this book, including the tasks of both the group members and leaders.
Purpose: According to the authors, "our primary goal is to provide readers with an in-depth coverage of group development, historically and contemporaneously, focusing on theory; research; and, of course, practice. They note that although they "describe the literature on child and adolescent groups that bears on the topic, this book is primarily about group development as it pertains to adult psychotherapy groups."
Audience: They intend their book for experienced group psychotherapists, therapists relatively new to group psychotherapy, and graduate students and others in training in various disciplines, including clinical and counseling psychology, clinical social work, psychiatry, couples and family work, and pastoral counseling. In addition, they feel the book would be useful for "researchers and those interested in developing or refining theoretical approaches for group psychotherapy." Dr. Brabender is the associate dean and director of the Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology of Widener University in Pennsylvania and Dr. Fallon is on the faculty of the Fielding Graduate University in California and associate professor at Drexel University in Pennsylvania.
Features: This book begins with theoretical concepts and research. The authors then introduce their five-stage model of group development: formation and engagement; conflict and rebellion; unity and intimacy; integration and work; and termination. It ends with future directions for contextual group variables. The book is readable, with helpful tables and exhibits. The authors present wonderful vignettes which help readers understand group therapy as it is displayed in the clinical session. The vignettes contain both characteristic behavior of members and tasks and conflicts. Other helpful features include a glossary and an author and subject index. I really enjoyed how the authors integrate their five-stage model with various group approaches including cognitive, cognitive-behavioral, and behavioral (chapter 7). Their discussion of constructivism and social constructionism in chapter 8 is fascinating in the way it shows how they are related to group development.
Assessment: This is an excellent book for understanding group dynamics and development. It is useful for both novice therapists and seasoned veterans. The instructive vignettes show how the concepts relate to clinical practice. It compares favorably to Groups: A Counseling Specialty, 5th edition, by Gladding (Prentice Hall, 2007), and The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy, 5th edition, by Yalon (Basic Books, 2005). Either one of these can probably be a standalone text for a graduate class, where Group Development in Practice is not comprehensive in the same way. However, this is a good instructional tool for learning about group therapy and readers will not be disappointed.
Read More Show Less

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)

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
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)