Group Counseling

Robert K. Conyne

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 Counseling

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This final chapter of the Handbook is intended both to summarize the major content contained in the previous 30 chapters about group counseling and to identify an important direction for action. The first goal is met by drawing from the material 50 basic premises pertaining to group counseling. All chapters are represented in these premises, and they range across the Handbook’s major sections of Context, Key Change Processes, Research, Leadership, and Applications. The second goal of identifying an important future direction is addressed by observing that group counseling, although now characterized by a substantial literature base documenting effective practices and procedures and now awaiting clearer actionable strategies for practitioners, continues to sit largely outside of mainstream practice and awareness. It is little known or appreciated among academics, researchers, and practitioners operating outside the group-counseling specialty, and to members of the public it seems largely to be a mystery. Group counseling must be mainstreamed by proactive promulgation of its knowledge base related to education and training, practice, and research.

Keywords: group counseling; future directions; leadership; training

Article.  6350 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Counselling Psychology

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