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By: Melissa Luke

In: Handbook of Group Counseling & Psychotherapy

Chapter 9: Effective Group Leader Skills

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Effective Group Leader Skills
Effective group leader skills
Melissa Luke

This chapter integrates findings from recent empirical literature on group leader skills with that of past theory and research across different settings that provide group counseling. It begins by providing a broad definition of group leader skills, with an overview of the related literature. Forty years ago, Lieberman, Yalom, and Miles (1973) identified four categories of group leadership function (e.g., caring, meaning attribution, executive functioning, and emotional stimulation), which are discussed in relation to how group leader skills can be used to achieve these functions (Yalom, 1995; Yalom & Leszcz, 2005). After a discussion of the four categories, nine specific group leader skills are identified and presented as effective interventions across the intrapersonal, the interpersonal, and ...

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