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Leading a Support Group


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Why support and why support groups?
Support groups in action
Preparation 2: the group leader
Preparation 1: the group members
Underway: the middle stages of a support group
Ending a support group
Supervision and evaluation: the support and development of the group leader

About the Author

Keith Nichols trained in clinical psychology at Leeds University and then became a lecturer at the University of Exeter in 1968, eventually retiring as Senior Lecturer in 2001. From 1970 he also took up a part time appointment as a clinical psychologist in the NHS specialising in applications to physical health and stress related illness where he gained extensive experience of support group work. He is currently Consultant Clinical Health Psychologist at Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital. This book complements Keith's previous practical guide Psychological Care for Ill and Injured People (Open University Press, 2003).

John Jenkinson is a trained Counsellor and has worked as a student counsellor at Plymouth University and the College of St. Mark and St. John, Plymouth. He is currently a consultant counsellor and mentor/moderator for various counsellor training courses as well as a group consultant for Cornwall Alcohol and Drugs Agency.

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