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By: Joseph R. Miles & Jill D. Paquin

In: Handbook of Group Counseling & Psychotherapy

Chapter 14: Best Practices in Group Counseling and Psychotherapy Research

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Best Practices in Group Counseling and Psychotherapy Research
Best practices in group counseling and psychotherapy research
Joseph R. MilesJill D. Paquin

Group counseling has a “dual nature” that includes both research and practice (Barlow, Burlingame, & Fuhriman, 2000). Following from the scientist-practitioner tradition, the practice of group counseling should be based on rigorous research in order to ensure that group members benefit from, and are not harmed by, treatment. In return, group research should be useful and accessible to practitioners and be informed by the actual practice of group counseling. And, while a growing body of research shows that group counseling is effective across many settings, populations, and problems (see Barlow, 2011, for a discussion of meta-analyses on the effectiveness of group counseling), additional research is ...

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