Reflecting the author's vast experience as teacher, researcher, and practitioner, Shulman's DYNAMICS AND SKILLS OF GROUP COUNSELING, International Edition delivers a current, comprehensive, and practical introduction to methods for effective group counseling. Concepts come to life with vivid cases that include "Record of Service" reports and dialogue from actual groups. These illustrative examples connect solid theory to the latest practices as they address the day-to-day realities of leading counseling groups. In addition, the book offers a clear format on how to run a group built around four phases of work: the preliminary (preparatory) phase; the beginning (contracting) phase; the middle (work) phase; and the ending and transition phase. It also demonstrates how these lessons can be applied to a wide range of settings.
Lawrence Shulman is a professor-as well as a former dean-in the School of Social Work at the State University of New York, Buffalo campus. A social work practitioner educator for more than 40 years, he has done extensive research on the core helping skills in social work practice, supervision, and child welfare and school violence. Dr. Shulman has published numerous articles and monographs on direct practice and is the author or coeditor of nine books. The coeditor of the JOURNAL OF CLINICAL SUPERVISION, he also serves on five other editorial boards. In addition, Dr. Shulman is the cofounder and cochair of the International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Clinical Supervision sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and the Haworth Press.