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Table of Contents


  • Chapter 1: Introduction
  • Mutual Aid
  • Group Cohesion
  • Catharsis
  • Mastery
  • Models
  • Group Phases
  • Use of Self
  • Chapter 2. In the Beginning
  • The Members' Issues
  • The Worker's Role: Use of Self and Issues of Authority
  • Role of the Worker: Beginning Tasks and Issues for the Group
  • Contracting
  • Engagement
  • Trusting and Testing
  • Moving from the Concrete to the Thematic
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 3. In the Middle
  • The Members' Issues
  • The Worker's Role: Use of Self and Issues of Authority
  • The Group As Mother
  • Working on a Shared Problem
  • Obstacles
  • Confrontation
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 4. Endings
  • The Members' Issues
  • The Worker's Role: Use of Self and the Issues of Authority
  • Termination of a Member: A Group Issue
  • Lost in Feelings
  • Staying with Feelings
  • Termination and Regression
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 5. Group Planning

  • Needs Assessment
  • Purpose
  • Composition
  • Structure
  • Content
  • Pregroup Contacts
  • Agency Context
  • Planning a Group for Persons with AIDS
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 6. The Use of Programming in Groups
  • Manipulating Aspects of Activities to Meet Clients' Needs
  • The Group Mural
  • Saying Good-Bye
  • Acting Out Feelings
  • Use of the Small Group in Large Group Settings
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 7. Manifest and Latent Content
  • Use of Self: The Worker's Role As Authority
  • Tuning In to Nonverbal Cues
  • Acting Out Feelings
  • Following a Theme
  • Growing by Respecting the Message of the Group
  • Clarifying Communication
  • Symbolic Expression
  • The Hunger Artist
  • Chapter 8. Confronting Acting-Out Behavior and Powerful Latent Themes
  • Introduction
  • Powerful Angry Feelings
  • Confrontation in Beginnings
  • Tips on Confronting
  • Avoiding Confrontation
  • Workers' Confrontation with Self
  • Chapter 9. Using Humor in Groups
  • The Absurdity of Suffering
  • We Can Either Laugh or Cry
  • I Am What I Am
  • Getting the Message Through
  • Laughing Through Our Tears
  • Chapter 10. Special Practice Issues
  • Special Structures
  • Co-Therapy
  • A Cooperative Effort
  • Parallel Process
  • Working Out Irreconcilable Differences
  • Dealing with Problematic Situations
  • Scapegoating
  • Differences and Sameness: The Use of Self
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 11. Value Dilemmas in Group Practice
  • Matters of Confidentiality
  • Individual versus Individual and Individual versus Group
  • Group versus Agency
  • Group as Reflective of Democratic Process
  • Positions of Professionals Dealing with Ethical Issues Expressed in Groups
  • Conclusion
  • Glossary of Group Games and Exercises
  • Activities for Use in the Beginnings
  • Activities for Use in the Middles
  • Activities for Use in the Endings
  • Additional Bibliographic Material
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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