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.

Social Psyches: Groups, Organisation and Community

Social psyches: Groups, organisation and community

If groups represent the individual-in-context, then consideration of groups-in-context takes us into the contextual fields of inter-group relations and the wider social locations Chapter 7 of groups and applications of ‘group’. Through discussions of the large group, inter-group relations, organisation and community, this chapter reflects on the movement from the therapeutic to the social sphere: from the psychotherapeutic to the sociotherapeutic.

To what extent small, median and large groups reflect and represent community – and, indeed, society – has been the subject of much debate in the field of psychology and philosophy. De Mare (1975) suggests that if we are to survive at all we can no longer put off the day when the psychological, ...

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