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.
Chapter 6: Groups in Residential Settings
Groups in Residential Settings
This chapter considers the implications of groups in residential settings – which constitutes a particularly intense psychological environment. Not only does the residential context affect the group, but what happens in the group creates ripples within the home or institution as a whole. Thus, in addition to doing the work within the group itself, the group leader has to attend to the interaction between the group and the immediate – and wider – environment. In this chapter, drawing on my experience as a psychologist in a prison and now as a psychotherapist in a therapeutic community, I discuss the significance of the residential context as regards contracts, the use of groups in a therapeutic community, the therapeutic implications ...