Learning Group Leadership An Experiential Approach

ISBN-10: 1412953715
ISBN-13: 9781412953719
Edition: 2nd 2010
List price: $72.00
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Description: Learning Group Leadership is an introductory level textbook onhow to conduct and lead groups in a variety of settings. The book covers theory, process, leadership, techniques, ethics, special populations and challenges as they relate to group work.  More...

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Book details

List price: $72.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/14/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 552
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.980
Language: English

Learning Group Leadership is an introductory level textbook onhow to conduct and lead groups in a variety of settings. The book covers theory, process, leadership, techniques, ethics, special populations and challenges as they relate to group work. All majors in social work, counseling, mental health, and human services are required to take a course on group work/therapy. Many programs have several courses, but all have at least one group course. Working with groups is unique in that it involves a whole host of additional skills that are more challenging than working with individuals. The book takes an experiential approach, that is, it helps students understand how the concepts they learn in class can actually be applied to their own lives, which encourages deeper understanding and retention of the material. The book is engaging in that it contains activities, exercises, field study assignments, personal application, and reflection exercises on almost every other page. Due to the nature of the course, this approach is highly desirable as a course on group work/therapy is usually taught in group format with role plays and simulations. The author has a student friendly writing style which is conversational, practical, and realistic. He draws on examples from his 25 years of teaching experience to bring in examples that are meaningful to students.

Introduction
What This Book Will Do and What It Will Not Do
Taking an Experiential Journey
Some Legitimate Concerns
A Structure That Goes Beyond Basics
Meet Your Authors
What You Can Expect
Some Final Advice
Foundations of Group Work
The World of Groups
The Challenge of Leading Groups
The Joys of Leading Groups
The World of Groups
Kinds of Groups
Universal Therapeutic Factors in Groups
Do Groups Work?
Review of What You Learned
Your Behavior in Groups
A Lifetime of Group Skills: The Good News
More Good News: Group Leadership Training and Personal Growth
Now the Bad News
Practicing What You Preach
The Personal Qualities of Group Leaders
Guidelines for Group Membership and Participation
Review of What You Learned
Understanding Group Dynamics and Systems
Linear and Circular Causality
Systems Theory
Family of Origin and Interpersonal Issues
Interaction Patterns
What to Look For
Member Roles
For Review: High- and Low-Functioning Groups
Review of What You Learned
Stages of Group Development
What You Should Know About Developmental Theory and Groups
So Many Group Stages
Stages of Group Evolution
Group Stages in Action
What to Look for Over Time
Review of What You Learned
Multicultural Dimensions of Group Work
Helping Those Who Need It the Most
What Is a Multiculturally Competent Group Leader?
Building Strong Multicultural Alliances
Until You Have Walked in My Shoes: Exploring Discrimination in Group Settings
Start With Yourself
Common Themes to Consider in Multicultural Group Work
Self-Disclosure
Review of What You Learned
Theories of Group Intervention
Theories and Group Leadership
Why Bother With Theories?
The Psychoanalytic Approach
The Person-Centered Approach
The Existential Approach
The Gestalt Approach
The Cognitive Behavioral Approach
The Reality Therapy Approach
Relational-Cultural Theory
The Narrative Approach
Brief Group Structures
Other Theories We Did Not Get Around To
An Integrative Model
Review of What You Learned
Skills of the Group Leader
Assessment and Group Diagnostics
Knowing Where to Hit the Pipe
What Is Assessment and Diagnosis in Groups?
An Example of Diagnosis in Action
Models of Assessment and Diagnosis
Alternative Diagnostic Models
Review of What You Learned
Specialized Leadership Skills
Helping Skills in Groups
Soliciting Honest Feedback
Skills Adapted for Groups
Group Skills
Review of What You Learned
When to Intervene in Groups
It Is Not Always What You Do, but When and How You Do It
Differences of Opinion
When You Must Do Something
The Power of Language and What to Say: Group Leaders as Language Coaches
Words to Avoid in Therapeutic Groups
Review of What You Learned
Group Techniques and Structures
Ways to Prepare a Group
Ways to Begin a Group
Ways to Build Cohesion and Intimacy
Ways to Promote Risk Taking
Ways to Solve Problems
Ways to Facilitate Task Completion
Ways to Rehearse New Behaviors
Ways to Work Briefly
Ways to End a Group
Review of What You Learned
Applications and Significant Issues
Coleadership and Supervision
Power of the Coleadership Model
Some Dangers and Limitations
Basics to Keep in Mind
How to Debrief a Coleader and Get the Most From These Sessions
Review of What You Learned
Critical Incidents and Difficult Group Members: Challenges and Obstacles
Common Critical Incidents
Interpersonal Conflict
Strategies for Handling Critical Incidents
Review of What You Learned
Ethical Issues Unique to Group Work
Special Challenges
Major Ethical Issues in Group Leadership
Slightly Unethical Behaviors That Create Deception and Moral Conundrums
Little White Lies
Making Sound Ethical Decisions
Becoming an Ethical Group Leader
Review of What You Learned
Advanced Group Structures
Advanced Group Leadership: Creative Interventions and Difficult Members
The Role of Techniques for More Experienced Leaders
Personal and Physical Considerations
Using Metaphors in Group Settings
Difficult Group Members
Why People Create Difficulties and What Can Be Done
Review of What You Learned
Adjunct Structures to Group Work
Therapeutic Writing
Homework
Questionnaires and Logs
Using Videos and Films
Bibliotherapy and Printed Handouts
Field Trips
Review of What You Learned
Group Leadership Applied to Social Justice and Social Action
Empowered to Make a Difference
Social Justice in Group Leadership
A Point and Counterpoint
The Role of Altruism
Expand Your Vision: Social Justice on the Global Stae
Shoot for Bigger Goals
The End of Our Journey: Where to Go Next?
Review of What You Learned
References
Index

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