Adlerian Group Counseling and Therapy: Step-By-Step

Adlerian Group Counseling and Therapy: Step-By-Step

Adlerian Group Counseling and Therapy: Step-By-Step

Adlerian Group Counseling and Therapy: Step-By-Step

Synopsis

Adlerian Group Counselling and Therapy: Step by Step represents a distillation of some of the most significant ideas pertaining to the group work of Alfred Adler and Rudolf Dreikurs. Drs. Manford Sonstegard and James Bitter illustrate the development of a group from its formation to its final stage, giving readers a clear picture of what is important to accomplish at each stage of the group. This book also addresses many practical dimensions of the Adlerian group process, including: forming a group relationship; creating a democratic and accepting climate; conducting psychological assessments; increasing the awareness and insight of group members; translating group insight into action; methods of re-education through encouragement; and building on personal strengths discovered within the group experience.

Excerpt

Adlerian Group Counseling & Therapy: Step by Step is a book you will want to read if you are interested in the theory and practice of group counseling. In this book, Drs. Manford Sonstegard and Jim Bitter bring to life group counseling from an Adlerian perspective. They clearly describe the process and practice of Adlerian group therapy through commentaries and transcribed interactions of their group process. They also concisely describe key concepts of Adlerian theory that can be applied to Adlerian groups as well as to a host of other groups that rest on different theoretical foundations.

Alfred Adler made significant contributions to contemporary therapeutic practice of both individual and group counseling and psychotherapy. Adler was the first psychiatrist to use group methods in a systematic way in child guidance centers in the 1920s in Vienna. Building on Adler's work, Rudolf Dreikurs did a great deal to translate and develop Adlerian principles into the practice of group counseling and group therapy in both private and public settings. Adlerian interventions have been widely applied to diverse client populations, with all ages, and in many different settings-but especially in schools.

Adler's contributions to the development of group counseling have far-reaching implications to the development of many other therapeutic models. In many ways, Adler can be considered a significant pioneer in the field of group counseling, influencing models based on dynamics, cognitions, emotional response, and existential meaning. A number of theories in the cognitive-behavioral camp clearly have some roots in Adlerian principles and contributions, including rational-emotive-behavior therapy and cognitive therapy. Further, many of Adler's ideas have been incorporated in the writing and theories of Rollo May, Viktor Frankl, and Abraham Maslow. Both Frankl and May considered Adler to be a forerunner of the existential . . .

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