Top critical review
this text is garbage. Constructively speaking
on July 14, 2017
I am going to have to disagree with a lot of the positive reviews of this book. This was required text in not one but two grad level classes for mental health counseling. While I typically have positive comments related to the Coreys; this text is garbage. Constructively speaking, the book--for a 9th edition--is severely unorganized. While it reads less like a traditional textbook, it appears more random and stream-of-consciousness than any text I have ever read. The bulk of the chapters all the seem the same. I tend to read and use a highlighter for important parts; I rarely highlighted. It just drolls on and on never really making much of a point. I found myself having to highlight entire paragraphs to make sense rather than simply using one or two well-written sentences. I honestly felt like they had asked the authors to give an impromptu speech about group therapy and they simply had someone transcribe whatever they said. Occasionally, in a later chapter, it seems like they will simply make a comment about something they discussed and forgot to mention earlier. The text does present some interesting group formats for specific populations but they seem a little too specific for use in an introductory group text. While this was required for me, a much better text is Gerald Corey's Group Techniques (I read the 3rd edition). This book is about 1/4 of the length and is very succinct and better written. If you have a choice in the matter, go with the Group Techniques book rather than this mess. Noted are that the Group Techniques does not address community or school groups where as this text does. You're not missing much though.