Any intentional group is based on a coherent group plan. This book will identify the elements that are basic to any plan and will apply these elements within an ongoing example. Among the elements to be included are: Identifying the Population, Need and Environmental Assessment, Goals, Rationale for Using Group, Type of Group, Conceptual Framework Used, attention to Group Developmental stage and to Group Dynamics, Group Size, Group Composition, Session-by-Session plans, Evaluation Methodology.
Chapter 3: Rationale for Using Groups
Rationale for Using Groups
Groups are not often seen as the preferred method of treatment for personal issues, as many misconceptions about group interventions exist, even though group counseling is an effective form of psychotherapy across different contexts and populations (Barlow, Burlingame, & Fuhriman, 2000; Burlingame, Fuhriman, & Mosier, 2003; Hoag & Burlingame, 1997; McDermut, Miller, & Brown, 2001; Payne & Marcus, 2008). Despite the comparable effectiveness of group, clients have historically preferred individual counseling, believing group to be less effective, attentive, and generally less appealing (Abraham, Lepisto, & Schultz, 1995; Subich & Coursol, 1985; Toseland & Siporin, 1986; Vogel, Shechtman, & Wade, 2010). In addition, despite knowledge to the contrary, therapists often share a negative bias toward group counseling (Piper, ...