Groups: A Counseling Specialty, 8th Edition

Samuel T. Gladding

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Groups: A Counseling Specialty, 8th Edition

By Samuel T. Gladding
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For courses in Group Counseling.

Current, comprehensive, and clearly written, this book gives readers what they need to know about group therapy, group counseling, and work groups. Groups: A Counseling Specialty is a comprehensive look at groups, covering the history of group work, the dynamics of groups, leadership in groups, ethical issues in groups, multicultural aspects of groups, stages of group development, groups across the life span, and the theoretical basis for working with groups.

The coverage is current, the style is clear and interesting, and the book challenges students to reflect on what they have learned, as well as on their own experiences in groups.
  • Comprehensive coverage incorporates all aspects of working with groups – the five basic types of groups; the history of group work; the dynamics of groups; leadership in groups; ethics, legal issues, diversity, social justice, creativity, and special kinds of groups; stages of group development; groups across the life span; and the theoretical basis for working with groups.
  • New - A new chapter on the theories of working with groups gives students more theoretical material to delve into. Solution-focused and narrative approaches to working with groups information highlights recent and beneficial ways to work with groups. 
  • New - A new chapter on the history of group work includes more material on the history of groups and leading figures in this specialty.
  • The clear, unified, and well-organised presentation introduces key concepts in an easy-to-understand way without sacrificing academic rigor.
  • Both up to date and classic, the text presents the best new research as well as the essential findings that form the backbone of the discipline.
  • New - More than 120 new and updated references introduce readers to the latest research in the field.
  • Learning aids illustrate key concepts in practice and help students better understand the material.
  • Brief introductory stories catch readers’ attention, and transition them into the material of the chapter.
  • Chapter overviews and summaries help readers pinpoint the main takeaways from each chapter.
  • New - Fourteen new Brief Case studies bring real scenarios to life, helping students better understand group concepts and processes.
  • New - Eleven new Reflections encourage students to think critically about the content presented in the chapter.
  • Boldfaced key words help readers identify important concepts quickly.
  • Updated - A comprehensive glossary, updated with new terms, allows readers to easily look up essential terminology.
  • Updated - Appendix A, Some Prominent Self-Help Group Organizations, is expanded and updated with recent information on national self-help groups.
Table of contents
  • 1. Types of Groups and Group Work
  • 2. Group Dynamics
  • 3. Effective Group Leadership
  • 4. Forming a Group
  • 5. The Transition Period in a Group: Storming and Norming
  • 6. The Working Stage in a Group: Performing
  • 7. Closing a Group
  • 8. Diversity and Social Justice in Group Work
  • 9. Specialty Groups and Creativity in Groups
  • 10. Ethical and Legal Aspects of Working with Groups
  • 11. Groups for Children
  • 12. Groups for Adolescents
  • 13. Groups for Adults
  • 14. Groups for Older Adults
  • 15. Reality Therapy, Adlerian, and Person-centered Groups
  • 16. Existential, Gestalt, Rational-Emotive Behavior Therapy, and Transactional Analysis Groups
  • 17. Solution-focused, Narrative, and Psychodrama Groups
  • 18. History of Group Work
  • Appendix A: Some Prominent Self-Help Group Organizations