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 9: Effective Group Leader Skills
Effective Group Leader Skills
This chapter integrates findings from recent empirical literature on group leader skills with that of past theory and research across different settings that provide group counseling. It begins by providing a broad definition of group leader skills, with an overview of the related literature. Forty years ago, Lieberman, Yalom, and Miles (1973) identified four categories of group leadership function (e.g., caring, meaning attribution, executive functioning, and emotional stimulation), which are discussed in relation to how group leader skills can be used to achieve these functions (Yalom, 1995; Yalom & Leszcz, 2005). After a discussion of the four categories, nine specific group leader skills are identified and presented as effective interventions across the intrapersonal, the interpersonal, and ...