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.“

Groups Across the Life Span

Chapter 11 Groups across the life span

The old believe everything, the middle-aged suspect everything, and the young know everything.

—Oscar Wilde

Most of what you’ve read about groups, thus far, has to do with working with groups of adults. The developmental issues, the skills you’ll need, and all the theories related to groups apply to that population of people.

Most likely, however, you will not exclusively lead mixed-gender groups of adults. You may be called on to work with other kinds of groups—of different ages, with different developmental issues, and with different problems. The chapter following this one deals with a few of the specific problems, or themes, that a group you construct might share.

This chapter deals specifically with some of the ...

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