ERIC Number: ED422538
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Aug-17
Extended Sessions in Ongoing Process Groups at University Counseling Centers.
Common in the 1960s, marathon groups are now rarely used. With the emerging effects of managed care, short-term brief focused therapies have become the therapeutic norm, and group counseling has become popular because of its low cost and therapeutic effectiveness. Most groups at university counseling centers run for one semester. A strategically scheduled marathon or extended group session during the ongoing group may help clients to integrate and apply what they have learned, perhaps preventing further need for ongoing therapy support. The marathon can also provide benefits to group cohesion, group processing, and the effective interaction of members. Techniques for holding extended group sessions within the structure of ongoing group counseling are described. The preparation of the group, integration of the extended session into the group structure, structure of the session, possible exercises, and postevent processing are described. Marathon sessions are compared to ongoing group sessions and shorter, but extended, group sessions. The advantages and disadvantages of using this intervention are discussed, and group effects are explored. Future research is suggested. Appendices include examples of marathon schedule, family role play exercise, imagery and family portrait exercise and group sculpting. (Contains 12 references.) (EMK)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (106th, San Francisco, CA, August 14-18, 1998).