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.“

Becoming a Great Group Leader

Becoming a Great Group Leader

Chapter 2 Becoming a great group leader

A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.

—Lao Tzu

A short story about one of my former students and her experience with a challenging group might help to initiate a look at what this chapter will highlight as the keys to effective group leadership.

Maya had just graduated from our master’s program in counseling, and she was looking for work as a professional addictions counselor. She had had her own difficult journey with alcohol and drugs, had been clean and sober for a number of years, and now she wanted to give back to the treatment community some ...

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