- 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
This chapter provides a description of the major models of how counseling groups change over time. Particular attention is given to the predominant framework, the progressive stage model. However, other models reviewed are the life-cycle model, cyclic model, punctuated equilibrium model, and approaches derived from chaos/complexity theory. This chapter considers the question of whether a group’s development affects members’ abilities to accomplish their goals. Finally, it addresses the application of developmental thinking in unstructured and structured groups and develops the implications of group developmental theory for leadership activities.
Virginia Brabender, Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology, Widener University.
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