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.“

Laying the Foundation: Developing Theoretical and Ethical Competency

Laying the Foundation: Developing Theoretical and Ethical Competency

Chapter 5 Laying the foundation: Developing theoretical and ethical competency

Everyone desires relationship and community. Most people want to belong to a cohesive, like-minded group. It staves off loneliness. It promotes identity. These are natural and very human instincts.

—Joshua Ferris


In addition to the group-related theory and research that can help inform your work, there is also the theory about psychotherapy that may influence how you work with psychotherapy and counseling groups. Theories about psychotherapy and counseling with individuals have been applied to work with groups. You will want to familiarize yourself with this range of theoretical approaches.

I would encourage you to eventually establish your own theoretical base. After you’ve carefully examined the range ...

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