The History of Group Counseling

George R. Leddick

in The Oxford Handbook of Group Counseling

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780195394450
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

The History of Group Counseling

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The history of group counseling has its roots in antiquity, but the modern practice evolved as recently as the 1940s. Dimensions of group work include group counseling, group therapy, psychological education, and organizational task groups. The history therefore weaves a tapestry of influences including social justice groups, community organizations, quality-management groups, and numerous therapeutic orientations. Pioneer group-counseling practitioners included Joseph Pratt, Jane Addams, and Jesse Davis. Substantial contributions to the evolution of group counseling were provided by Moreno, Lewin, Rees, Deming, Alinsky, Rogers, Perls, and Yalom. Several professional organizations have provided an international conversation about group counseling, especially through publication of professional journals, standards, and guidelines. Group counseling has emerged from its infancy and continues to mature as a professional specialty.

Keywords: history: group; counseling; psychology; therapy

Article.  4330 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Counselling Psychology

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