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Human beings are born into groups, educated in groups, and belong to many groups, yet routinely attribute individual motives to their actions when in fact group-influenced behaviors are the more likely culprit. The theory, research, and practice of group dynamics, group psychology, and group psychotherapy illuminate useful ways for us to learn group skills and to better understand how we are influenced by groups.
In Specialty Competencies in Group Psychology Sally Barlow provides a comprehensive overview of the foundational and functional competencies related to the field of group psychology. Barlow describes the potential treatment benefits of group work and shows how the wide range of applicability makes this a relevant volume across diverse areas, regardless of the population receiving treatment or the theoretic orientation of the therapist. This volume distills the uniqueness and contributions of the specialty in a way that benefits not only psychologists who specialize in group psychotherapy, but also clinicians who have previously taken a more traditionally individual approach to treatment.
Series in Specialty Competencies in Professional Psychology
Series Editors Arthur M. Nezu and Christine Maguth Nezu
As the field of psychology continues to grow and new specialty areas emerge and achieve recognition, it has become increasingly important to define the standards of professional specialty practice.
Developed and conceived in response to this need for practical guidelines, this series presents methods, strategies, and techniques for conducting day-to-day practice in any given psychology specialty. The topical volumes address best practices across the functional and foundational competencies that characterize the various psychology specialties, including clinical psychology, cognitive and behavioral psychology, school psychology, geropsychology, forensic psychology, clinical neuropsychology, couples and family psychology, and more. Functional competencies include common practice activities like assessment and intervention, while foundational competencies represent core knowledge areas such as ethical and legal issues, cultural diversity, and professional identification. In addition to describing these competencies, each volume provides a definition, description, and development timeline of a particular specialty, including its essential and characteristic pattern of activities, as well as its distinctive and unique features.
Written by recognized experts in their respective fields, volumes are comprehensive, up-to-date, and accessible. These volumes offer invaluable guidance to not only practicing mental health professionals, but those training for specialty practice as well.
Sally H. Barlow, PhD, is Professor of Psychology in the Clinical Psychology Program at Brigham Young University and Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Utah School of Medicine.
Table of Contents
About the Series in Specialty Competencies in Professional Psychology Acknowledgments
Part I: Introduction to Group Specialty Practice 1. Group Specialty Practice 2. Evidence Bases for Group Practice
Part II: Functional Competency - Assessment 3. Assessment Strategies 4. Group Formulation and Case Conceptualization 5. Cohesion, Interpersonal Relationships, and Attachment 6. Other Therapeutic Factors and Leader Interventions 7. Structured and Unstructured Groups in Various Settings 8. Supervision and Consultation in Group Specialty Practice 9. Teaching and Advocacy in Group Specialty Practice
Part III: Foundational Competencies 10. Ethics, Legalities, and Other Issues in Group Specialty Practice 11. Diversities in Group Specialty Practice 12. Professionalism in Group Specialty Practice
Appendix - Group Benchmarks Competency Table References Key Terms Index About the Author About the Series Editors