Group development in practice [electronic resource] : guidance for clinicians and researchers on stages and dynamics of change / Virginia Brabender and April Fallon.

Brabender, Virginia [Browse]
1st ed.
Washington, D.C. : American Psychological Association, c2009.
ix, 315 p. ; 26 cm.


Summary note
"Group development, a key factor in treatment effectiveness, is discussed in virtually every introductory text on group psychotherapy. This is the first book devoted exclusively to this process. In this volume, Virginia Brabender and April Fallon chronicle the rich history of group development research, survey modern theories of group development, and introduce their five-stage model of group development. The authors demonstrate the importance of group identity to the achievement of treatment goals through a series of real-life vignettes that illustrate the characteristic behavior of group members at each stage. Their developmental perspective can be applied not only to traditional unstructured groups but also to focused, time-limited groups in inpatient and outpatient settings and to the emerging world of cybergroups. In its comprehensive scope and attention to detail, Group development in practice: Guidance for clinicians and researchers on stages and dynamics of change will be a useful resource for experienced clinicians, therapists new to group psychotherapy, and researchers interested in developing or refining theoretical approaches to group psychotherapy"--Jacket. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2009 APA, all rights reserved).
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references (p. 275-297) and indexes.
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction. Washington, D.C. : American Psychological Association, 2009. Available via World Wide Web. Access limited by licensing agreement.
  • Introduction to stage development in psychotherapy groups
  • Advantages of a developmental approach to group psychotherapy
  • Theoretical history of group development in its application to psychotherapy groups
  • Empirical investigations of group development
  • An illustration of a group through its development
  • Developmentally focused leadership activities of the therapist
  • Stage development with structured group approaches to psychotherapy : cognitive, cognitive-behavioral, and behavioral
  • Postmodern approaches and group psychotherapy : clinical and developmental implications
  • Contextual variables requiring further examination
  • Group development : integrating theory, research, and practice.
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  • 1433804085 (print ed.)
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