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.

Making Decisions about your Group Based on Best Practices in Group Work

Making Decisions about your Group Based on Best Practices in Group Work

Making decisions about your group based on best practices in group work

The structure and length of groups is very different depending on the type of group, the issues to be addressed, and/or the population. Groups for children and adolescents are different from those for adults. In addition, psychoeducational groups tend to be briefer in terms of number of sessions and session length but more structured, with activities designed to facilitate discussion of a topic and/or development of new skills and behaviors, than are counseling groups. The Association for Specialists in Group Work Best Practice Guidelines (Thomas & Pender, 2008) includes a section on planning that focuses on pregroup decision making. This chapter ...

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