Groups A Counseling Specialty

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  • Edition: 7th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2020-01-04
  • Publisher: Pearson
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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. The new edition of Gladding’s Groups includes over 120 new references; chapter overviews; brief introductory stories; a new appendix on self-help group organizations; and new material and updates throughout, including additions that focus on social justice, creativity (particularly the work of Keith Sawyer), different specialty groups throughout the lifespan, technology and group work, brief groups, and groups for older adults.

Author Biography

Samuel T. Gladding is a professor of counseling in the Department of Counseling at Wake Forest University. He is a Fellow in the American Counseling Association and its past president. Gladding has also been president of the American Association of State Counseling Boards (AASCB) and Chi Sigma Iota (counseling academic and professional honor society international). A prolific writer, Gladding is the author of 41 books (including revisions), over seven dozen refereed journal articles, and five training videos. He has twice been a Fulbright Specialist (China and Turkey), an external evaluator of counseling programs in Malaysia, and a mental health responder after the terrorists’ attack of 9/11 in New York and the shootings at Virginia Tech. 

Table of Contents

PART 1 Group Development
Chapter 1 Types of Groups and Group Work
Chapter 2 Group Dynamics
Chapter 3 Effective Group Leadership
Chapter 4 Beginning a Group
Chapter 5 The Transition Period in a Group: Storming and Norming
Chapter 6 The Working Stage in a Group: Performing
Chapter 7 Closing a Group
PART 2 Diversity, Social Justice, Creativity, and Ethical/Legal Aspects of Groups
Chapter 8 Diversity and Social Justice in Group Work
Chapter 9 Specialty Groups and Creativity in Groups
Chapter 10 Ethical and Legal Aspects of Working with Groups
PART 3 Groups throughout the Life Span
Chapter 11 Groups for Children
Chapter 12 Groups for Adolescents
Chapter 13 Groups for Adults
Chapter 14 Groups for Older Adults
PART 4 Group Theories
Chapter 15 Transactional Analysis, Reality Therapy, Adlerian, and Person-Centered Groups 
Chapter 16  Existential, Gestalt, REBT, and Psychodrama Groups 


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