‘This book... is not a single “meal” in itself but a positive “larder” containing every imaginable staple food and condiment all exquisitely and thoroughly researched. The book took Goff Barrett-Lennard 20 years to write and it will stand as a reference text for person-centred specialists for longer than that... an essential reference text... and a pantry full of delicious surprises’ — Counselling, The Journal of the British Association for Counselling
Chapter 9: Group Encounter and Therapy
Group Encounter and Therapy
In significant respects, group therapy is like individual therapy. It is also distinctly different. The similarities arise from a common purpose and from a shared conception of the nature of human personality and how it changes. … In group therapy [the] multiplication of the number of participants means more than the extension of individual therapy to several persons at once; it provides a qualitatively different experience with unique therapeutic potentialities.
Those who may have thought of the encounter group as a fad or phenomenon affecting only a few people temporarily would do well to reconsider. In the troubled future that lies ahead of us, the trend toward the intensive group experience is related to deep and significant issues having ...