1st Edition

International Perspectives on Group Work Leadership, Practice, Research, and Teaching

    284 Pages
    by Routledge

    284 Pages
    by Routledge

    The counselling profession in the United States is calling for increased international collaboration, engagement, and understanding of the global issues which impact the way in which counsellors conduct their professional practice, teaching, and research. This book captures the experiences of group workers the world over, inviting them to describe how they facilitate group work to restore wellness, promote healing, and create opportunities for reducing isolation and alienation by tapping into the wisdom of multicultural or indigenous practices. The group work profession underscores the importance of training and service delivery that is rooted in humanistic narratives, with a focus on understanding cross-cultural dynamics.

    Included in this collection are examples of the rich, creative, and diverse world of group work applications, all of which contribute to a greater knowledge, awareness, and understanding of the many ways in which the power of group membership and leadership can be harnessed for positive change. Group work teachers, practitioners, and counsellor educators will enjoy learning about these creative and important efforts, and take away ideas to implement in their own group work. This book was originally published as two special issues of The Journal for Specialists in Group Work.

    Introduction Ana Puig, Bogusia Skudrzyk, Julieta Monteiro-Leitner, and A. Michael Hutchins

    1. Critical Issues in International Group Counseling Fred Bemak and Rita Chi-Ying Chung

    2. Development and Implementation of an International Counseling Outreach Effort in Bhutan: A Group Stage Conceptualization Lorraine J. Guth, Sonya Lorelle, J. Scott Hinkle, and Theodore P. Remley

    3. Group Work During International Disaster Outreach Projects: A Model to Advance Cultural Competence Cirecie West-Olatunji, Rachel Henesy, and Melanie Varney

    4. International Consultation and Training on Group Work in South Asia Farah A. Ibrahim

    5. A Grounded Theory of Western-Trained Asian Group Leaders Leading Groups in Asia Nattasuda Taephant, Deborah Rubel, and Julia Champe

    6. Teaching Group Counseling in Botswana: Two U.S.-Trained Counselors Discuss Experiences and Share Cultural Considerations for Practice Angela D. Coker and Aaron R. Majuta

    7. International Cultural Immersion: Assessing the Influence of a Group Intervention on Intercultural Sensitivity for Counselor Trainees Sejal M. Barden, Laura Shannonhouse, and Keith Mobley

    8. Group Counseling and Satsang: Learning From Indian Group Practices Christopher Rybak, Deepa Sathaye, and Megha Deuskar

    9. Understanding the Islamic Concept of Usrah and Its Application to Group Work Nabisah Ibrahim, Siti Rozaina Kamsani, and Julia Champe

    10. Transcending Traditional Group Work: Using the Brazilian Martial Art of Capoeira as a Clinical Therapeutic Group for Culturally Diverse Adolescents Isaac Burt

    11. Therapeutic Factors and Members’ Perception of Co-Leaders’ Attitudes in a Psychoeducational Group for Greek Children With Social Anxiety Andreas Brouzos, Stephanos P. Vassilopoulos, and Vasiliki C. Baourda

    12. The Development of Relational Competences in High School Students by Means of Sociometric Methods Regiane da Silva Macuch and Henrique Malheiro Vaz

    13. Development and Implementation of a Psychoeducational Group for Ghanaian Adolescents Experiencing Parental Divorce Anthony K. Nkyi

    Conclusion Ana Puig, Bogusia Skudrzyk, Julieta Monteiro-Leitner and A. Michael Hutchins


    Ana Puig is an associate scholar and research director in the Office of Educational Research at the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA.

    Bogusia Skudrzyk is Program Director and Professor of Counselor Education at Palm Beach Atlantic University, West Palm Beach, FL, USA.

    Julieta Monteiro-Leitner is a Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling at Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, MO, USA.

    A. Michael Hutchins is a licensed professional counselor in private practice in Tucson, AZ, USA.