This book provides a comprehensive examination of theories and concepts relating to group counselling and shows how differing theoretical frameworks can be used as a basis for practice. Organized around the counselling process, the book considers the practicalities of establishing and running a group, raising awareness of its life cycle, its cultural location and many other diverse issues. Special emphasis is placed on the importance of therapeutic attitudes and philosophies as a basis for practice, and humanistic and existential approaches to group counselling are given particular attention. The author encourages readers to be aware of their conceptual framework and how it influences their work.



Group – An assemblage of objects standing near together, and forming a collective unity; a knot (of people), a cluster (of things) … a confused aggregation …

– A number of persons or things in a certain relation, or having a certain degree of similarity.

(Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 3rd edn, 1973, p. 896)

– A social aggregation that has an external boundary and at least one internal boundary.

(Berne, 1963, p. 319)

Human beings are social animals. This is the sense of Aristotle's dictum that ‘man is a political animal’. We live in a social world and live, love and work in social groupings. We are born into and raised in a family group (however we define ‘family’); as children we often play in groups; we are educated ...

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