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 8: The Group Counsellor: Education, Training, Personal Development and Supervision
The Group Counsellor: Education, Training, Personal Development and Supervision
By way of concluding this book, this chapter reviews the current organisation – state and status – of training in Britain as regards group counselling/psychotherapy/analysis. With reference to the theory and practice of group therapy as discussed throughout this book, the implications for the professional training and personal development of counsellors as well as for ongoing supervision of the counsellor's groupwork practice are considered. Education/ training in therapy is generally considered to comprise three elements: the formal training or taught’ course, personal therapy and/or development and supervised practice. In training the group therapist Yalom (1995) adds the component of observing experienced clinicians and subdivides personal therapy into personal ...