Combining Experiential and Didactic Methods of Teaching Group Counseling: The Value of the Process, Useful Structures, and Ethics

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October 2011


Presenters will describe an approach to teaching and learning group counseling. Emphasized is the value of experiential approaches as a way for students to become actively involved in learning how groups function. Some of these experiential methods include: observing live demonstrations by the instructor with students in the group course; viewing and discussing video programs on group counseling; opportunities to co‐lead a small group with supervision as part of the course; and by appropriately dealing with studentsʹ personal concerns that might enhance or inhibit their ability to function as group counselors. Emphasized are ways to provide supervision and feedback for students, as well as methods of evaluation.

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Abstract originally available through the Association of Counselor Educators and Supervisors conference program.

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