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.

Preparing for the Group

Preparing for the Group
Preparing for the group

In this chapter I consider the practical issues involved in preparing to establish a counselling group which has, or which is expected to have, a certain continuity of existence. I begin with a brief review of therapeutic factors of groups – on the basis that these will vary according to the counsellor, the client group and any therapeutic goals, and that these variables will influence the establishment of the group. This also raises the issue of the importance of research and evaluation. Following this, I expand on ideas about the nature, composition and function of the group through discussions on:

  • Defining the group
  • Advertising and pre-group information
  • Assessment
  • Fees
Therapeutic Factors

A therapeutic factor is defined ‘as an element of ...

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