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.“

Ending Your Group

Chapter 10 Ending your group

Everything has to come to an end, sometime.

—L. Frank Baum

My colleague and friend, Sally, told me about how she recently wrapped up a 4-day course. This was a course where 17 students, all of whom were preparing for careers in some kind of helping profession, had been learning about some of the skills and tasks necessary for being effective group leaders.

The weekend had been a good mix of activities, and people in the group seemed to be getting a good grasp of the conceptual material. Importantly, they had all interacted well with one another. The days had been long. She said that they were all feeling good about the work they’d done together but that everyone was ...

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