KEY FEATURES: Students will actually enjoy reading this book. The author uses his years of experience, including his mistakes, as the foundation for his communication with readers and instructors. Illustrations help make this book even more accessible. The importance and use of theory is clearly articulated and shows students who are often bored or put off by theory how to use it in a way that makes sense. This book prepares new group workers for difficult, challenging groups by reviewing a number of specialized groups. There are a wealth of practice activities for the instructor, including reflection exercises, group lab practice activities, and questions for “further thought.“

Planning for a New Group
Chapter 6 Planning for a new group

Meticulous planning will enable everything you do to appear spontaneous.

—Mark Caine

When I was in graduate school I was in three different groups. My program expected students to engage in personal growth activities, and most of us in the program saw involvement in groups as an economically viable and satisfying way to meet this requirement.

By the time I came to be working on my doctorate, I was coleading personal growth–type groups with students working toward their master’s degrees. These were largely unstructured, unplanned experiences. My coleader and I did very little planning for these groups, but it didn’t matter. The people in these groups knew what was expected, and they did what they needed ...

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