ERIC Number: ED025807
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Mar
Reference Count: 0
A Comparison of Approaches to Group Counseling.
Zimpfer, David G.; And Others
This panel is based on the assumptions that: (1) group counseling has a valuable contribution to make, (2) group counseling is feasible in terms of time and space at local institutions, (3) group counseling is particularly concerned with affective material, and (4) group counseling probably cannot be conducted effectively in groups as large as 30. Alan Anderson presents a group dynamics framework in which he discusses what is expected of group members, primary growth influences, composition and duration of groups, and primary group counselor concerns. Ann Abbey relates group counseling to gregariousness and communication needs in human nature, and proposes methods of implementing group work in existing educational situations. Stanley Caplan interprets group counselor style as the impact of the counselor's behavior on group members. Benjamin Cohn discusses techniques and concerns of counseling with groups of children, primarily from grades four to 10, with the major stress on teaching honest feedback, sensitivity to others, and practicing these in everyday communication. Walter Lifton is concerned both with the question of honesty in eliciting conformity as a result of the counseling process and with openness of communication. Merle Ohlsen discusses client participation, in both the group process and in life. (BP)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Personnel and Guidance Association, Washington, DC.
Note: A panel presentation at the American Personnel and Guidance Association Convention, Dallas, Texas, March 1967.