This book is designed to serve as a core text for advanced and graduate students and researchers alike. Each chapter reviews the literature and current research related to its topic as well as providing suggestions for practice for psychoeducational, counseling, and therapy groups based on the review. Major topics in the field of groups are included: history, best practices, settings, groups across the lifespan, special topics, multicultural groups, as well as critical issues and emerging themes in group counseling and psychotherapy. Key features include: • Integration of current research and practice • Includes psychoeducational, counseling, and therapy groups for all topics New to this edition: 2-3 new chapters on cutting edge themes Thoroughly updated research more pedagogical elements (discussion questions, activities, resources, case examples, key terms, etc.) Reorganization based on reviews Test bank and powerpoints.
Chapter 7: Effective Processing in Groups
Effective Processing in Groups
The value of processing has been emphasized by major contributors to the field of group work. Processing in groups may “be defined as activity in which individuals and groups regularly examine and reflect on their behavior in order to extract meaning, integrate the resulting knowledge, and thereby improve functioning and outcome” (Ward & Litchy, 2004, p. 104). The work on processing has been strongly influenced by Lewin's original conceptualization and implementation of the experiential T-group (Lewin, 1951), Yalom's extensive explication of the fundamental two-tiered processing model (1970, 1975, 1995; Yalom & Leszcz, 2005), and Lieberman, Yalom, and Miles’ 1973 study that identified the critical leadership functions of meaning attribution and caring as fundamental to change ...