Prevention Groups

Michael Waldo, Jonathan P. Schwartz, Arthur Horne and Laura Côté

in The Oxford Handbook of Group Counseling

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

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Prevention Groups


This chapter focuses on prevention groups, including different perspectives on prevention (primary, secondary, tertiary, and social action prevention) and classification of prevention group-work process (guidance, counseling, therapy, and task). Advantages of using groups for prevention are outlined, including efficiency, familiarity of the format, large number of participants available to engage in social action, and therapeutic factors in the groups. Group dynamics and group leadership are described, and current examples of primary, secondary, and tertiary groups are provided.

Keywords: prevention; group; prevention group work; prevention group focus; therapeutic factors; group dynamics; group leader functions

Article.  11895 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Counselling Psychology

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