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.

Selecting and Using Activities in Groups

Selecting and using activities in groups
Amy Nitza

The use of structured activities has become standard practice in many types of groups. Many books offer structured group “curricula” for specific types of themed groups; others consist of compilations of single activities that can be used with a variety of different types of groups and with different ages and populations. Yet activities in and of themselves are unlikely to promote change in groups. Dye suggested, “The actual experience of an activity rarely produces meaningful learning” (2009, p. 29). Rather, it is the carefully selected and planned use of an activity, targeted for a specific purpose within a specific group, and processed effectively that is likely to be useful in promoting change. ...

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