Group Counseling

Robert K. Conyne

in The Oxford Handbook of Counseling Psychology

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780195342314
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Group Counseling

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Three perspectives of group counseling are highlighted, leading to a suggested definition, in part, as an important therapeutic and educational method to facilitate interpersonal problem-solving processes among members as they learn how to resolve difficult but manageable problems of living and how to apply gains in the future. Group counseling’s evolution across 100 years is presented. Research in key group counseling processes is examined, including therapeutic factors, group climate, and group development. Group counseling leadership research is summarized, focused on intentionality in leader tasks, roles, functions, and intervention choices. Group work standards, guidelines, and multicultural principles are addressed. Group work is expanding in contemporary society through face-to-face and online forms, leading to what might be termed an “Age of Ubiquity.” The chapter concludes with research and practice suggestions for the future and an extensive reference list.

Keywords: group counseling; group work; history; therapeutic factors; group climate; group development; group leadership; standards; multicultural; online

Article.  23748 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Counselling Psychology

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