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.“

Getting Your Group Started

Getting Your Group Started
Chapter 7 Getting your group started

First comes thought; then organization of that thought, into ideas and plans— then transformation of those plans into reality. The beginning, as you will observe, is in your imagination.

—Napoleon Hill

Some years ago, I led a group comprising widows and widowers. This was a group designed for people dealing with issues of death and loss. Each of these people had been married or partnered to someone who had died within the past year. Each of them had gone through periods of shock and some denial in reaction to the death, and now they were in a “what now” period of their coming to grips with their loss.

I remember some of the folks in this group quite ...

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