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The Counselor and the Group, fourth edition

Integrating Theory, Training, and Practice, 4th Edition

By James P. Trotzer


612 pages

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This new, more streamlined version of the 1999 third edition brings the existing materials and references up to date and omits information now readily available online and elsewhere.

The updated material in The Counselor and the Group makes this book an excellent resource for those who are both learning and practicing by providing a structured problem-solving approach to group work. Trotzer provides process and practice guidelines and techniques that enable group leaders to function effectively across the broad range of groups that counselors conduct including counseling, therapy, psychoeducational, and task groups. Includes material by noted group experts

  • Lynn Rapin and Robert Conyne on "Best Practices in Group Counseling"
  • Niloufer Merchant on Multicultural Counseling
  • Rex Stockton, Paul Toth and D. Keith Morran on "The Case for Group Research."


'Trotzer leaves nothing untouched. He engages the ardent beginner with a vast array of strategies and learning activities while empowering the seasoned group leader with integrated theory and concepts. The guidelines and interventions that he develops in his new chapter Crisis Response represent an advanced dimension in group counseling. He has brought to us a unique perspective in crisis management that not only relates to our institutions but to our world.' - Marguerite (Peg) Carroll, Ed.D., Professor Emeritus, Counselor Education, Fairfield University, USA

'I have followed Trotzer’s work from the first edition of his group book to this current edition. The first edition was outstanding and each subsequent revision has improved, with this edition being no exception. Trotzer is a clear writer who uses excellent examples and relevant material to illustrate the group work model he has evolved over the years. The model is elegant and practical, and students understand and apply the approach with enthusiasm. His fourth edition has moved the group work process a level higher with updated information on diversity in group work, standards of training, applications to families, evaluation processes and, most of all, new and exciting information about leadership and organizational skills. In short, Trotzer’s outstanding book just got better, making it a must have for those teaching graduate-level group courses.' - Arthur (Andy) Horne, Ph.D., Counseling and Human Development Services, University of Georgia, USA

Table of Contents

1. Introduction and Context

2. Definitions and Distinctions

3. Rationale for Group Counseling

4. Group Process: A Developmental Perspective

5. Process to Practice

6. Group Leader

7. Group Member

8. Best Practices in Group Work--Lynn S. Rapin and Robert K. Conyne

9. Multicultural Diversity--Competent Group Work--Niloufer Merchant

10. Differentiating Groups

11. Organizing Group Work

12. Evaluating Group Work

13. Communication Activities in Groups

14. Family Theory as a Group Resource

15. Crisis Response: A Group Work Priority

16. The Case for Group Research--Rex Stockton, Paul L. Toth, and D. Keith Morran

About the Author

James P. Trotzer, Ph.D., is a consulting psychologist engaged in training, education, consulting, and professional writing, and past President of the Association for Specialists in Group Work (2004–2005).

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Counseling
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health