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By: Donald E. Ward

In: Handbook of Group Counseling & Psychotherapy

Chapter 7: Effective Processing in Groups

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Effective Processing in Groups
Effective processing in groups
Donald E. Ward

The value of processing has been emphasized by major contributors to the field of group work. Processing in groups may “be defined as activity in which individuals and groups regularly examine and reflect on their behavior in order to extract meaning, integrate the resulting knowledge, and thereby improve functioning and outcome” (Ward & Litchy, 2004, p. 104). The work on processing has been strongly influenced by Lewin's original conceptualization and implementation of the experiential T-group (Lewin, 1951), Yalom's extensive explication of the fundamental two-tiered processing model (1970, 1975, 1995; Yalom & Leszcz, 2005), and Lieberman, Yalom, and Miles’ 1973 study that identified the critical leadership functions of meaning attribution and caring as fundamental to change ...

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