Expressive Processes in Group Counseling: Theory and Practice

Expressive Processes in Group Counseling: Theory and Practice

Expressive Processes in Group Counseling: Theory and Practice

Expressive Processes in Group Counseling: Theory and Practice


Professor Brown provides a resource for clinicians, instructors, and students interested in promoting group process and progress, increasing group members' self-awareness and self-understanding, and strategies for resolving individual and group difficult behaviors. It presents art, imagery, dreams, guided writing, fairy tales, and movement exercises together with theory and literature reviews underlying each.


Theory and Practice for Expressive Processes in Group Therapy presents the theory and practice of using indirect ways, such as art, to help group members access and use emotionally laden personal material in counseling and therapy. Expressive techniques are relatively easy to use in superficial ways. However, if their benefits are to be maximized, the group leader needs to have a firm theoretical base for using them, an understanding of procedures and processes they entail, selecting of appropriate processes, applications to specific conditions, and knowledge of a variety of processes from which to choose. While this book is not all-inclusive, it does seek to provide adequate coverage.

Chapters 1 through 6 give a background for use of expressive processes in group therapy and counseling. These chapters cover preparation of the leader, cross-cultural considerations, therapeutic attitude, observational skills, role of theory, selection and use techniques, and applications to problem behaviors. Chapters 7 through 12 address art, imagery, dreams, guided writing, fairy tales and movement expressive processes. Each chapter has an overview of theory and rationale for the group of techniques, a process for using them in groups, and specific examples.

Chapter 1

"Foundations" begins with an overview, defines and explains uses of expressive processes, and discusses the basic preparation group leaders need and cross-cultural considerations. Uses include benefits for both the individual and the group process. Group leaders are cautioned against using techniques indiscriminately, or just for the sake of using them, and are encouraged to become . . .

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