Intentional Group Counseling: A Microskills Approach / Edition 1

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Written for beginning group leaders in the helping professions or for any field where the group process is utilized, this practical book guides readers step by concrete step through the specific skills and strategies of group leadership-breaking down its complexities into teachable skills The authors provide a carefully sequenced set of tools and training in basic skills that help students develop the self-confidence they will need to lead groups. Your students will discover that by using microskills in intentional ways, they can achieve relatively predictable results. They will practice listening and focusing skills, influencing and conflict management strategies, process observations, and much more with this books' sequenced learning activities based on Allen E. Ivey's respected Microskills Approach.
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A guide for beginning group leaders in the helping professions, taking readers step by step through specific skills and strategies of group leadership. Sequenced learning activities are based on Ivey's microskills approach, which breaks down complexities of group leadership into learnable skills. Includes illustrative transcripts with commentary, plus warm-up exercises, reflection questions, case examples, and activities. Themes throughout include a multicultural issues and ethically based group practice. Ivey is affiliated with the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534526511
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 7/28/2000
  • Series: Counseling Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 8.04 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet the Author

Allen E. Ivey is Distinguished University Professor (Emeritus), University of Massachusetts, Amherst and Professor of Counseling at the University of South Florida, Tampa (Courtesy Appointment) He is president of Microtraining Associates, an educational publishing firm. Allen is a Diplomate in Counseling Psychology and was honored as a "Multicultural Elder" at the National Multicultural Conference and Summit. Allen is author or co-author of more than 40 books and 200 articles and chapters, translated into eighteen languages. He is the originator of the Microskills approach, basic to this book.

Mary Bradford Ivey is Vice President of Microtraining Associates and Courtesy Professor of Counseling, University of South Florida, Tampa. She is a former school counselor for the Amherst, Massachusetts, schools and has served as visiting professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; University of Hawai'i, Manoa; and Flinders University, South Australia. Mary's undergraduate degree in social work and education is from Gustavus Adolphus College, and she has a master's degree in counseling from the University of Wisconsin. She earned her doctorate in organizational development at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Mary is the author or co-author of twelve books, translated into multiple languages, and several articles and chapters. She is a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC), and she has held a certificate in school counseling. She has presented workshops and keynote lectures with Allen throughout the world, including Australia, New Zealand, Japan, China, Israel, Greece, Sweden, Canada, Great Britain, Portugal, and Germany. She isalso known for her work in promoting and explaining development guidance and counseling in the United States and abroad. Mary received national recognition when her elementary counseling program at the Fort River School was named one of the ten best in the nation at the Christa McAuliffe Conference. She is one of the first 15 honored Fellows of the American Counseling Association and is also a recipient of the American Counseling Association's O'Hana Award for her work in multicultural counseling in the schools.

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Table of Contents

Before You Start: Multicultural Issues and Ethics 1
Ch. 1 Toward Intentional Group Leadership 19
Ch. 2 Attending Behavior: The Foundation of Listening and Process Skills 39
Ch. 3 Focusing, Pacing, Leading, and Linking: How to Ensure That Groups Work 59
Ch. 4 The Basic Listening Sequence: Drawing Out the Story 81
Ch. 5 Integrating Microskills in a Full Group Session, Part I: Theme-Centered Group Interaction and Dimensions/Stages 107
Ch. 6 Integrating Microskills in a Full Group Session, Part II: Transcript of a Complete Theme-Centered Group Session 131
Ch. 7 Skills and Strategies for Interpersonal Influence, Part I: Listening, Reframing/Interpreting, Using Self-Disclosure, and Giving Feedback 153
Ch. 8 Skills and Strategies for Interpersonal Influence, Part II: Using Structuring Strategies, Exploring Logical Consequences, and Eliciting and Reflecting Meaning 179
Ch. 9 Skills and Strategies for Interpersonal Influence, Part III: Managing Conflict via Confrontation 203
Ch. 10 Group Practice: Alternative Approaches Using Microskill Strategies 237
Ch. 11 Assessing Your Personal Group Leadership Style 267
Glossary 279
Name Index 287
Subject Index 289
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2013

    I found the book to be quite informative and useful in teach gro

    I found the book to be quite informative and useful in teach group counseling to my students. The skills and the various ways how they could be applied within the group process together with the Ivey taxanomy have proven to be effective in guiding my students to lead groups. The authors also have allocated a few pages on theories and group work. I really appreciate if the authors could integrate the microskills, leadership functions, and counseling theories in explaining how group can be better managed.

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