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Group Work Leadership

Group Work Leadership
An Introduction for Helpers

May 2013 | 376 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

This text presents an evidence-based approach to the theory and practice of group work. Renowned counselor, psychologist, and group work fellow Dr. Robert K. Conyne advances this unique and evolving service in a three-part, comprehensive overview of the skills necessary for trainees of counseling and other helping professionals to succeed in group settings. Section I covers the breadth and foundations of group work; best practice and ethical considerations; dynamics and processes in group work; and how groups tend to develop over time. Section II explores group work leadership styles, methods, techniques, and strategies, as well as both traditional and innovative group work theories. Section III examines the role of reflection in group practice, as well as selecting effective intervention strategies in various settings.


Group Work Leadership: An Introduction for Helpers is part of the Counseling and Professional Identity series, which targets the development of specific competencies as identified by CACREP (Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs).

SECTION I: Group Work is a Comprehensive and Unique Approach
CHAPTER 1: Introduction to Group Work
CHAPTER 2: Foundations of Group Work: Multiculturalism, Social Justice, and Ethics
CHAPTER 3: Group Dynamics and Group Process
CHAPTER 4: Group Development: The Beginning, Working, & Ending Stages
SECTION II: Critical Elements of Group Work
CHAPTER 5: Group Work Leadership
CHAPTER 6: Group Work Theories
CHAPTER 7: Group Leader Styles and Functions
CHAPTER 8: Group Work Methods, Strategies, and Techniques
SECTION III: Meaning, Action, and Professional Identity in Group Work
CHAPTER 9: Reflecting in and on Group Work Practice
CHAPTER 10: Selecting Effective Interventions
EPILOGUE: From the Author’s Chair


Instructor Teaching Site

Password-protected Instructor Resources include the following:

  • A Microsoft® Word® test bank, is available containing multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and essay questions for each chapter. The test bank provides you with a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding.
  • Editable, chapter-specific Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides offer you complete flexibility in easily creating a multimedia presentation for your course. Highlight essential content, features, and artwork from the book.
Key features


  • Interaction examples are provided, analyzed, and discussed for each of the four group work types (Task, Psychoeducation, Counseling, and Psychotherapy).
  • Figures, learning exercises, and case illustrations provide excellent application of theory and concepts for readers. 
  • Key Concepts are integrated with training and accreditation standards, offering a modern and practical approach to developing today’s skills in group work.
  • New theories in group work practice are conceptualized to develop awareness of the similarities and differences of group work theory and individual counseling theory.
  • Group Work Keystones at the end of each chapter help readers summarize; a strong evidence base supports the strong practice base.
  • A concluding section offers a “personal talk” with the author, providing further insight into key sections of the book highlighting the value of professional identity development.

Sample Materials & Chapters


Chapter 1

Chapter 4

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