- Oxford Library Of Psychology
- Oxford Library of Psychology
- About the Editor
- Introduction: Solidifying and Advancing Group Counseling
- The Nature and Significance of Groups
- Definition of Group Counseling
- The History of Group Counseling
- Ethics, Best Practices, andLaw in Group Counseling
- Diversity in Groups
- A Social Justice Approach to Group Counseling
- Therapeutic Factors in Group-Counseling: Asking New Questions
- Cohesion in Counseling and Psychotherapy Groups
- Group Climate: Construct in Search of Clarity
- Group Development
- Evidence Bases for Group Practice
- General Research Models
- Assessing Groups
- Qualitative Research Approaches and Group Counseling
- Personhood of the Leader
- Group Techniques
- Group Leader Style and Functions
- Group Leadership Teaching and Training: Methods and Issues
- Supervision of Group Counseling
- Creativity and Spontaneity in Groups
- Groups across Settings
- Group Counseling across the Life Span: A Psychosocial Perspective
- Group Counseling with Sexual Minorities
- Prevention Groups
- International Group Counseling
- Brief Group Treatment
- Mutual Help Groups: What Are They and What Makes Them Work?
- Online Groups
- Groups for Trauma/Disaster
- Group Counseling: 50 Basic Premises and the Need for Mainstreaming
Abstract and Keywords
Group-counseling practitioners may not be aware of significant similarities and differences among philosophical foundations, professional association documents, and legal terms that guide practice. I will identify similarities and differences among them, highlight essential issues specific to group practice, and suggest future directions. In my discussion, it will be clear that ethical practice in group therapy is not a linear process. Rather, ethical conduct is a matrix relationship involving numerous variables. The following equation highlights the essential components: ethical behavior in group counseling = (moral and ethical development + professional ethics + core knowledge and skills + specialty/best-practice guidelines + legal parameters) × decision-making model(s). While the equation seems linear in its representation, it is not necessarily linear in application.
Lynn S. Rapin is a member of the Counseling Program at the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, OH.
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