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.“

Putting Group Theory Into Practice

Chapter 4 Putting group theory into practice

He who loves practice without theory is like the sailor who boards ship without a rudder and compass and never knows where he may cast.

—Leonardo da Vinci

Some of the best groups I’ve led are the ones that have gotten off to the rockiest starts. One of these immediately springs to mind. This was a group I led with one of my colleagues, Samantha (she preferred to be called Sam). We were working in a residential treatment facility for young adults with drug problems, and we had nine participants in our group—five men and four women—all in their late teens.

The group had been set up to help these young people hone their job-seeking skills. ...

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