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ERIC Number: ED066698
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Pages: 21
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The Pioneer of the Group Encounter Movement.
Treadwell, Thomas; Treadwell, Jean
The purpose of this paper was to (1) identify the Pioneer of the Group Encounter Movement, and (2) expose and clarify some of the ambiguities, contradictions and backbiting evident in the Group Encounter Field. The origins of the group encounter movement are examined with a particularly strong emphasis on J. L. Moreno and his introduction of Sociometry in 1931. This is followed by a discussion of Kurt Lewin and the emergence of the Bethel laboratories. The initial training centers established in the 1930's and 1940's are described. The discussion of the initial training centers points out a definite correlation between the Morenean Psychodramatic techniques and sociometric methodologies with that of the laboratory training concepts. A disturbing factor that the author emphasizes is the misunderstanding prevalent among group leaders, group dynamicists, and group therapists regarding the ethics and validity of the many group approaches employed throughout the country. (BW/Author)
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