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The College Counselor's Guide to Group Psychotherapy

1st Edition

Edited by Michele D. Ribeiro, Joshua M. Gross, Marcee M. Turner


252 pages | 11 B/W Illus.

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Group psychotherapy in college counseling centers continues to thrive as a popular approach to working with college students, and yet there continues to be a lack of up-to-date, comprehensive resources for group psychotherapists working with this unique population. The College Counselor’s Guide to Group Psychotherapy highlights the role of the group therapist within college counseling centers; provides practical, step-by-step instructions for creating a thriving group program and culture; and unveils some of the opportunities to expand this under-recognized practice setting. This exciting new volume draws on the most current knowledge on group psychotherapy while paying particular attention to issues and ethical dilemmas that are unique to working with college students.


"This book provides a comprehensive overview of group work at college counseling centers. This group of talented, committed, and enthusiastic practitioners recognize and delineate the complex, interlocking ways in which group members and practitioners are embedded in, formed by, and act upon their environments—from the level of the group, to the university, to the larger communities, countries, and world of which they are a part. They also show how this impacts and can be utilized in therapeutic work. I consider this essential reading for any group therapist in the field of college counseling."

Anne M. Slocum McEneaney, PhD, diplomate, American Board of Professional Psychology, certified group psychotherapist, fellow, American Group Psychotherapy Association.

"A great blend of evidence-based research and clinical application, The College Counselor’s Guide to Group Psychotherapy equips group therapists with timely, relevant, and engaging material. Broad in scope, this guide promotes a critical lens of inclusivity for today’s diverse identities as a crucial component of professional practice that is compelling and useful."

Rebecca MacNair-Semands, PhD, CGP, FAGPA, senior associate director, Center for Counseling and Psychological Services, UNC Charlotte

"The College Counselor’s Guide to Group Psychotherapy fills a much-needed gap in the counselling literature as it provides a comprehensive and practical guide for conducting groups in a counselling center. The chapters cover wide-ranging topics by leaders in the field to help counsellors effectively manage issues they will face on a day-to-day basis: from individual and systemic issues related to starting-up groups, to cultural and racial sensitivities, to knowing the evidence base, training, co-therapy, and psychoeducational approaches. It is a volume that those who practice group counselling should have in their collection as a useful reference.

Giorgio A. Tasca, PhD, president-elect of the Society for Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy, associate professor, University of Ottawa

"The College Counselor’s Guide to Group Psychotherapy should be mandatory reading for all college and university counseling centers. Groups are often the ideal mode of treatment for students, allowing them to address not only the content of their concerns but also interpersonal dynamics that commonly emerge in young adults. Additionally, as counseling centers face challenges in meeting the demands for services, offering groups can create more accessibility to longer treatment. This books provides practical advice for getting a group therapy program off the ground and integrated into campus culture."

Jacqueline Alvarez, PhD, associate dean of students and director of the Counseling Center, Amherst College

Table of Contents

List of Figures, Tables, and Boxes Foreword Eleanor F. Counselman Preface: Introductory Considerations Michele D. Ribeiro, Joshua M. Gross, and Marcée M. Turner Acknowledgments List of Contributors1. The College Counseling Center as a Unique Practice Setting for Group Psychotherapy Joshua M. Gross and Michele D. Ribeiro Section I: Socially Embedded Fundamentals and Their Impact on Group Psychotherapy 2. Multicultural/Diversity Issues in Groups Karen Cone-Uemura and Eri Suzuki Bentley Appendix 2A. Some Definitions Appendix 2B.Identity Exploration Activity 3. Racial and Social Justice Implications on the Practice of Group Psychotherapy Michele D. Ribeiro and Marcée M. Turner Section II: Research Fundamentals in Group Psychotherapy 4. Research on Groups in College CounselingCenters Lisa K. Denton and Justin Hodges 5. Outcome and Assessment Research RD C. Boardman, Vaughn E. Worthen, Mark E. Beecher, Derek Griner, Gary M. Burlingame, and Robert Gleave Section III: Ethics and Training in Group Psychotherapy 6. Ethics in GroupPsychotherapyJackie Woods and Nicole Ruzek 7. Trainee Development in Group Psychotherapy Tevya Zukor Section IV: Marketing, Management, Selection, and Preparation in Group Psychotherapy 8. The Art of the Sell: Marketing Groups Scott A. Kaplan 9. The Group Coordinator: Promoting Group Culture by Managing Stages of Program Development Joshua M. Gross 10. Nuts and Bolts: The Group Screen Marcée M. Turner Section V: Relational Factors in Group Psychotherapy 11. Group Co-Facilitation: Creating a CollaborativePartnership Wendy Freedman and Leann T. Diederich Appendix 11A. Pre-Group Co-Facilitator Planning Meeting Checklist Appendix 11B.Co-Facilitator Consultation Meeting Checklist 12. Process Groups in College Counseling Centers Francis J. Kaklauskas, Joy Redstone, and Sabrina Neu Appendix 12A. Similarities between Psychotherapy Groups and Process Groups Appendix 12B.Common Differences between Process Groups and Psychotherapy Groups Section VI: Psychoeducational Processes in Group Psychotherapy 13. The Power and Promise of Psychoeducational Groups in College Counseling Centers Nina W. Brown 14. Teaching Empathy and Building Hope: The Value of Support Groups in College Counseling Centers Michele D. Ribeiro 15. Mindfulness Approaches for Groups in College Counseling Centers Claire R. Chang, Angelo Ciliberti, and Francis J. Kaklauskas Section VII: Where to From Here 16. Closing Thoughts Michele D. Ribeiro and Joshua M. Gross

About the Editors

Michele D. Ribeiro, EdD, CGP, is a licensed psychologist and certified group psychotherapist at Oregon State University’s Counseling and Psychological Services. She serves on the American Group Psychotherapy Association’s Annual Conference Committee and on the board of the American Psychological Association’s Division 49, the Society of Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy. She has received two Bringing Theory to Practice Wellbeing grants through the S. Englehard Center in partnership with the American Association of Colleges and Universities.

Joshua M. Gross, PhD, ABPP, CGP, serves as director of group programs at the University Counseling Center at Florida State University. He is fellow of the American Group Psychotherapy Association and the American Board of Group Psychology. He serves on the Board of Directors of the International Board for the Certification of Group Psychotherapy and is treasurer of the Capital Chapter of the Florida Psychological Association. He was named as distinguished psychologist by Florida Psychological Association in 2003.

Marcée M. Turner, PhD, is a psychologist at the University Counseling Center at Florida State University. Dr. Turner is also a tri-chair of the Racial & Ethnic Diversity (RED) Special Interest Group (SIG) of the American Group Psychotherapy Association.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / General
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Group