A comprehensive and integrated approach to understanding and using expressive processes in groups.
Conducting Effective and Productive Psychoeducational and Therapy Groups offers a four-part structure designed to prepare future and beginning group leaders for the challenges that lie ahead: Getting Started, Encouraging Productivity, Troubleshooting/Problem Solving, and Closures. Along the way, readers will find practical, step-by-step instructions and guidance; activities to promote involvement, growth, and self-understanding; as well as processes and procedures to prevent and resolve difficult behaviors. Also included are 40+ activities, a typology of difficult member profiles, strategies to increase leader effectiveness, and a chapter on toxicity among groups as well as group members.
With this 4th edition, Psychoeducational Groups remains the only comprehensive, user-friendly guide to planning, implementing, facilitating, and evaluating psychoeducational groups. The 4th edition expands the discussions about group leaders’ knowledge base, self-development, and techniques; best practices for group facilitation; and effective uses for group therapeutic factors. Substantial new material includes templates, scripts, and sample forms; suggestions for leader interventions for group and individual issues and difficulties; a social media policy; and the effectiveness of manualized and cyber/virtual groups.
Leading a group is a delicate balancing act of tasks and dynamic group and individual factors, and the group leader’s expertise and skill are fundamental to maintaining this balance. However, no matter how competent and well-prepared the group leader is, there can be situations that present challenges that are not easily addressed, defy conventional interventions, or call for a different approach. The material presented in this book is intended to give group leaders evidence-based creative and inspirational tools, techniques, intervention strategies, and the like to address these dilemmas and difficult situations. They can also enhance members’ growth and development, stimulate self-exploration, assist to soothe and calm, and deepen and broaden thoughts and feelings. The creative activities included were selected because they do not require specialized training, are easy to implement, do not follow a particular theoretical perspective, and can be effective for both the individual and group as a whole. The major categories of expressive processes presented are fairy tales; drawing; writing; imagery and mindfulness; music; movement, exercise, dance, drama, and role play; and collage, flats, and scrapbooks. Each chapter will focus on one of these activities and is designed so that they can be completed in one session. The closing chapters will present applications for member’s concerns, group level challenges, and case examples of group dilemmas and suggested activities to address them.
What are the basic attitudes, values, and practices that are essential for effective work with the expressive arts? This book explores the answer to that question. The authors examine in depth the concepts of 'presence' - a way of 'being' - and 'process' - an open and trusting way of working - in the professional helping relationship and in the making of art. They introduce readers to the premise of the 'uniqueness of persons' that underpins these ideas, and look at how to realize them in practice. Diverse experiences are also shared of using the arts in group and individual work in a variety of settings, from team building and education to counseling, psychotherapy and supervision. This book is a comprehensive, foundational guide for all practitioners who use the expressive arts as a way of facilitating learning, growth, healing, and change, including expressive arts therapists and students, counsellors, coaches, and other helping professionals. With its clear structure and straight forward style, the book is appropriate also for beginners in these professional fields.
The second edition of Nina's Brown's Psychoeducational Groups provides an overview of the major learning and instructional theories together with specific guidelines for conducting a variety of psychoeducational groups. Presented are principles of group instruction; specific guidelines for creating groups and understanding phases of group development; and a guide for planning and leading experimental activities. This new edition includes two new chapters covering aspects of group planning and providing examples of preparing themed sessions with special population groups such as children, adolescents and adults.
With an emphasis on developing the group leader’s self-acceptance and self-understanding as a critical component of leading successful group counseling sessions,Becoming a Group Leaderprovides a well-organized and clear conceptual roadmap that guides students through the art and science of group leadership. As the text progresses, students learn how to think critically about their tasks and responsibilities as a group leader; develop clinical judgment; explore their own personal development; learn the stages of group development; and identify practical strategies and constructive uses of group dynamics. Becoming a Group Leaderintegrates theory and practice so that group leaders learn not only the methods, models and philosophies surrounding successful group counseling but that they also learn how to apply these lessons through specific strategies for planning and facilitating unique types of both clinical and non-clinical groups. Unlike other texts that might focus on skill development over concept and theory, this book puts forth that understanding the ideas behind group dynamics and counseling is vital in applying them in real-life situations. Highlights of this First Edition: An integrative theoretical approach to group leadership throughout the text lends students a greater expertise and deeper understanding for leading both clinical and non-clinical groups. An emphasis on personal development for the group leader promotes self-understanding and self-acceptance within the group, which then leads to a greater understanding and acceptance of others as they are. Personal development exercises found in eight of the chapters also help build healthy adult narcissism and help to reduce the potential negative effects of countertransference in group settings. Explores and promotes the “Know, Be, Do” model of group leadership early in the book helps group leaders understand the knowledge base, the personal development, and the tasks and techniques they need to understand in order to smoothly run a flourishing group. Vignettes found throughout the book engage students in real-world situations and scenarios while Student Exercises help them to synthesize, review, and retain what they have just learned. Specific planning information for facilitating six types of non-clinical groups and two types of clinically focused groups give students a broader perspective for the different types of groups that counselors will be expected to facilitate and reduce anxiety surrounding facilitation skills. This information appears in chapters 9, 10, and 11.
This volume makes a tremendous contribution to the field of expressive arts therapy through its presentation of clear and profound theoretical bases to a relatively new profession in the domain of psychotherapy. It applies comprehensive, in-depth psychological knowledge to practical cases which shed light on clinical interventions that reflect the use of art in psychotherapy. The book provides a fruitful and much needed theoretical kaleidoscope to the professional community of expressive arts therapy.
Presents 100+ interventions using creative and expressive arts counseling techniques in school settings Expressive arts therapies are a rich resource for use with children and adolescents, who are often unresponsive to traditional talk therapy, and highly useful to school counselors who must overcome cultural, language, and ability barriers that are increasingly present in diverse and multicultural school settings. This is the first book written specifically for school counselors about using creative and expressive arts counseling techniques in school settings. It presents over 100 interventions using art, drama, music, writing, dance, and movement that school counselors can easily incorporate into their practices with individual students and groups, and in classroom settings. These creative interventions, based on the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Model framework, support the key student domains of academic, career, and personal/social development. The text also meets the important demand for accountability in school counseling by providing guidelines for evaluating the effectiveness of each intervention. Addressing such issues as emotional expression, social skills development, managing anger/aggression, developing self-esteem, working well with diverse peers, career exploration, and academic skill development, the book is organized by specific types of expressive arts therapies and how they can be used to support different domains in the ASCA model. Each intervention outlines the presenting concerns for which it is most useful, appropriate grade levels, required materials, preparation needed, step-by-step instructions, modifications for special needs students, and an outcome assessment plan. A handy quick reference chart helps readers to quickly locate appropriate interventions for specific concerns. Ideal for the school counselor, social worker, or psychologist who may not have specific training in arts therapies, this book can also help trained arts therapists who will be working in a school setting to select appropriate interventions. Key Features: Presents over 100 creative and expressive arts interventions that can be easily incorporated into school counseling practice Addresses all relevant ASCA National Model domains (academic, career, and personal/social) Provides easy-to-follow preparation and delivery directions and outcome evaluation methods for each intervention Includes modifications for special needs populations Offers a handy quick reference chart matching interventions to appropriate concerns
THEORY AND PRACTICE OF GROUP COUNSELING, 8e gives students an in-depth overview of the eleven group counseling theories. This best-selling text not only illustrates how to put these theories into practice but also guides students in developing their own syntheses of various aspects of the theories discussed in the book. With Corey’s clear, straightforward writing style, students are able to grasp each theoretical concept and its relationship to group practice with ease. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.