In this chapter I consider the practical issues involved in preparing to establish a counselling group which has, or which is expected to have, a certain continuity of existence. I begin with a brief review of therapeutic factors of groups – on the basis that these will vary according to the counsellor, the client group and any therapeutic goals, and that these variables will influence the establishment of the group. This also raises the issue of the importance of research and evaluation. Following this, I expand on ideas about the nature, composition and function of the group through discussions on:
- Defining the group
- Advertising and pre-group information
A therapeutic factor is defined ‘as an element of ...