- 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 treatments represent an efficacious and efficient mental health intervention that rivals and at times exceeds individual therapy outcomes. Group psychotherapy capitalizes upon group processes that replicate at the micro level the macro struggle for equal access to life-affirming mental health. Change processes occur as skilled group therapists invoke therapeutic factors within the group climate to promote client change. Because group members approach groups with equal parts hope and dread, it is important that mental health professionals keep current with research process and outcome evidence, which has been aided by filtered databases such as the Cochrane Library. One hundred years of research on group psychology and group psychotherapy have yielded helpful reviews, relevant themes, and meta-analyses on group vs. individual outcomes, although a few methodological problems remain given the highly complex nature of groups. Researchers, practicing clinicians, and future clinicians will benefit from exchanges with each other as evidence bases inform expert intervention for participating group members who seek positive change.
Sally H. Barlow, Department of Psychology, Brigham Young University.
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