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Group Leadership Skills: Interpersonal Process in Group Counseling and Therapy [Paperback]

Mei-whei Chen , Christopher J. Rybak
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Book Description

September 19, 2003 0534252672 978-0534252670 1
Trainees in group counseling and therapy often struggle to integrate an array of theories and concepts into practice, but to no avail. This group counseling textbook helps counselor/therapist trainees bring together the concepts of group work with the reality of working with complex group phenomena. It provides a productive, growth-promoting experience for learning group leadership. As students read and apply the material in Chen and Rybak' s book, they will build the repertoire of knowledge, skills and intervention techniques that they'll need as they embark on the restorative and rewarding--yet often complex and challenging--process of becoming a group practitioner. The book's five conceptual bases--interpersonal processes, experiential learning, the power of the here and now, process-focused leadership, and self as the instrument--set out the principles for successful leadership and meaningful client change. The practical methods discussed within this effective, coherent framework help readers learn how to bring about therapeutic change for group members within a brief time period. This time-sensitive feature of the framework is especially precious as "cost containment" becomes a health care thrust in our era.

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Editorial Reviews


"The book will be a pleasure to teach from. It provides examples and content that will enhance a student's ability to understand what group leadership is all about. The self-reflection questions and case studies are helpful tools for teaching group leadership."

"This is an excellent text to be considered for a group therapy class. I think its strengths are manifested in the writers clear knowledge of group therapy, the excellent examples given throughout the book, and the reflective exercises at the end of the book."

"It is a clear method for working with groups that is based in clearly identifiable behaviors. It is a roadmap that will be helpful for those developing this type of clinical skill."

"This textbook is an excellent resource for people learning to lead groups. It provides a wealth of examples, case histories, techniques, and alternative ways to assist the leader in being successful in running a group."

"...The book offers an in-depth, comprehensive description of group process and dynamics. The text provides an "insider's" view of internal processes and dynamics through cases studies and group member journal entries. Specific techniques and strategies are described with examples of statements group leaders might make during the group interaction. Students and professionals will find examples of leader responses to be very helpful...There are so few that go into the depth characteristic of this book."

About the Author

Dr. Chen is an Associate Professor at Northeastern Illinois University. She teaches group counseling, individual counseling, grief counseling, and stress management. She has received many awards, the most recent being the Faculty Excellence Award from Northeastern Illinois University for the third time. She has co-authored a book on Individual Counseling as well as many published journal articles.

Dr. Rybak is an Associate Professor at Bradley University and is a specialist in group work. He teaches group counseling, counseling diverse populations, practicum and internship in counseling, theories and techniques of counseling, and pre-practicum in counseling. He has served as the Director of the ELH Counseling Clinic, and was the President of the Illinois Association for Specialists in Group Work. He has received awards for innovative teaching and integrated learning, a research award, and a Fulbright scholarship.

Product Details

  • Series: Group Counseling
  • Paperback: 434 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 1 edition (September 19, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0534252672
  • ISBN-13: 978-0534252670
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,369 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Valuable Reading Experience December 10, 2003
As a high school counselor who has led many groups, both adolescent and adult, I am constantly searching for literature to better help me serve the group process. I consider myself fairly well-read in the areas of counseling, group leadership, and the group process. With that said, I am thoroughly impressed with this book by Chen and Rybak. Thus far, it is the most clearly written and most valuable book I have read on this subject. I find myself continually revisiting chapters over and over as I try to implement the skills and ideas outlined in this book. I believe that this book is definitely a must have for anyone interested in the group counseling process.
I like the book's many strengths (clear examples, helpful exercises, accessible and fluid language), but if I have to single out its greatest strength, then it would be its roadmap approach to the group process. As I read the book, I find myself challenged to examine my own ideas and beliefs as they relate to the field. I have to ask myself what my basic assumptions are about the interpersonal process. Starting from the beginning chapters, this book helps me establish a solid foundation from where I start my leadership journey.
Part Two (Basic Leadership Skills) of this book will be especially helpful for the beginning, less experienced group leaders. It takes the reader through the stepwise approach of starting a group from scratch, leading the first session, establishing a session's pace and feel, working on members' agendas, and working with tension and conflict. Chapter 6 "Working on Agendas" especially provides the readers with a powerful roadmap to follow. With its accessible language, a young counselor does not feel intimidated by the process, but instead, empowered.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book that is a personal mentor to me December 3, 2003
I have read other books on the subject of group counseling and therapy and have found that most have one or two positive attributes. However, I find that "Group Leadership Skills" by Chen and Rybak has so many unique qualities (such as personable writing style, effective practice exercises, insightful leadership response samples, bountiful techniques of group counseling, and the emphasis on the development of the self as the instrument in group counseling, etc.) that I really take to heart.
When I read other books, the information felt distant to me. However, when I was reading Chen and Rybak, I felt that I was experiencing what actually goes on in real group sessions. Through the numerous case examples and reflection excerpts, I can see the problems, challenges, and breakthroughs that members and leaders might experience in the forming, storming, norming, and working stages. They truthfully and thoughtfully reflect the group dynamics and interpersonal processes. Now, I can fully appreciate the powerful effect that group interaction can have on individuals.
The way the book is written makes me feel confident that I can apply the knowledge and skills in my practice with all types of groups be it substance abuse groups, adolescent groups, elderly groups, ACOA groups, or groups of any other purpose. The book is written in the sequence of how a group progresses in its full life course and addresses all sorts of interpersonal dynamics even including those not easily recognized by the untrained eye. Therefore, it is quite adaptable to a wide range of group work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
If you are a counselor education professor searching for the optimal textbook to provide your students with an excellent foundation in group counseling theory, concepts and techniques, look no further. Here is a book that will provide a framework that will enable your students to go into clinical practice with the set of skills and confidence that they need to guide their clients through a self-discovery journey that will change and improve their lives. Group Leadership Skills: Interpersonal Process in Group Counseling and Therapy by M. Chen and C. Rybak (2004, Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole) is a highly engaging text, full of clear, meaningful examples of interventions that group counselors need to employ in order to ensure the growth and success of their groups. This book is a remarkable combination of the theory and techniques that group counselors need to understand and master so as to effectively lead a group throughout its life cycle. An invaluable resource that will be treasured and referenced by group counseling clinicians throughout their careers, Group Leadership Skills: Interpersonal Process in Group Counseling and Therapy is the ideal textbook for group counselors in training.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent text March 6, 2014
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Dr. Chen teaches individual and group counseling at the school where I'm getting my MA. She knows her stuff and the book is very clear and on point.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book January 2, 2014
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This book gives you a lot of practical knowledge you can use when facilitating a group. It also gives you certain techniques and activities you can use in groups. I recommend this book if you plan on running a group.
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Published 7 months ago by Melinda Mendez-Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book on Group Therapy
This books was used at my internship site. I feel like it is practical and down to earth, while also providing sound theory. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Chava79
5.0 out of 5 stars Very comprehensive on the topic
This is a wonderful book and is so comprehensive for the group leader or therapist leading groups. I highly recommend it!
Published 11 months ago by Jean Butzen
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for the group counselor
If you are a counselor and would like to expand into group counseling this book provides everything you need. Read more
Published on March 2, 2008 by Tara C. Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars The book to read for group therapy
I will keep this book as an extremely important reference in forming and leading counseling groups. It is such a practical guide. Read more
Published on February 23, 2008 by T. J. Ruder
5.0 out of 5 stars An Invaluable Group Counseling Textbook
Group Leadership Skills: Interpersonal Process in Group Counseling and Therapy is a textbook designed to be an aide beyond learning the pertinent material for a particular course. Read more
Published on January 9, 2008 by R. Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Engaging & Informative Group Counseling Text
As a school counseling graduate student, I appreciate the wealth of insightful information this textbook has to offer about the group counseling process. Read more
Published on January 9, 2008 by L. Perkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book a must read for group counseling
Through group counseling and the use of Dr. Chen's book I am able to communicate my feelings more openly in my relationships with significant others in my life. Read more
Published on July 25, 2007 by R.Pant
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