Group Techniques

Mark D. Newmeyer

in The Oxford Handbook of Group Counseling

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

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Group Techniques

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The term group technique is not well defined. A variety of other terms (e.g., structured experiences, exercises) are often used interchangeably. Given this current state, it is of little surprise that few conceptual models have been developed to assist group leaders in properly considering and selecting group techniques. One model attempting to fill this gap, the Purposeful Group Techniques Model is described. The model consolidates various established elements of how groups work and function with six core ecological concepts (i.e., context, interconnections, collaboration, social system maintenance, meaning making, and sustainability). Research to examine the model, as well as to develop other such models, is needed.

Keywords: group techniques; intervention applications; leader interventions; exercises; structured experiences; ecological concepts; purposeful group techniques model; best practices; group development

Article.  10604 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Counselling Psychology

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