Theory and Practice of Group Counseling,
10th Edition

Gerald Corey

ISBN-13: 9780357622957
Copyright 2023 | Published
560 pages | List Price: USD $187.95

Gain an in-depth overview of the ten group counseling theories with Corey's best-selling THEORY AND PRACTICE OF GROUP COUNSELING, 10E. Using a clear, straightforward writing style, this edition illustrates how to put these theories into practice and even guides you in developing your own framework for effective group counseling with a syntheses of various aspects of the theories. New learning objectives and a consistent chapter structure help you easily grasp each theoretical concept and its relationship to group practice. This edition highlights the latest developments and most recent literature from the field with new and expanded information on accreditations, ethics and cultural sensitivity. A new video series, Group Theories in Action, provides video segments that correspond to Chapters 6-15 and bring each theory to life.


1. Introduction to Group Work.
2. Group Leadership.
3. Ethical and Professional Issues in Group Practice.
4. Early Stages in the Development of a Group.
5. Later Stages in the Development of a Group.

6. The Psychoanalytic Approach to Groups.
7. Adlerian Group Counseling.
8. Psychodrama in Groups.
9. The Existential Approach to Groups.
10. The Person-Centered Approach to Groups.
11. Gestalt Therapy in Groups.
12. Cognitive Behavioral Approaches in Groups.
13. Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy in Groups.
14. Choice Theory/Reality Therapy in Groups.
15. Solution-Focused Brief Therapy and Motivational Interviewing in Groups.

16. Comparisons, Contrasts, and Integration.

  • Gerald Corey

    Gerald Corey, Ed.D., A.B.P.P., is professor emeritus of human services and counseling at California State University at Fullerton. He received his doctorate in counseling from the University of Southern California. He was awarded an honorary doctorate in humane letters in 1992 from National Louis University. He is a diplomate in counseling psychology, American Board of Professional Psychology; a licensed psychologist in California; and a national certified counselor. Dr. Corey is also a fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 17, Counseling Psychology; and Division 49, Group Psychotherapy); a fellow of the American Counseling Association; and a fellow of the Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW). He received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Mental Health Counselors Association in 2011, the Eminent Career Award from ASGW in 2001, and the Outstanding Professor of the Year Award from California State University at Fullerton in 1991. He is the author or coauthor of 16 textbooks on counseling currently in print as well as more than 70 journal articles and numerous book chapters. His book, THEORY AND PRACTICE OF COUNSELING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY, has been translated into Arabic, Indonesian, Portuguese, Turkish, Korean and Chinese. This book, THEORY AND PRACTICE OF GROUP COUNSELING, has been translated into Korean, Chinese, Spanish and Russian. ISSUES AND ETHICS IN THE HELPING PROFESSIONS has been translated into Korean, Japanese and Chinese. With his colleagues, Dr. Corey has conducted workshops in the United States, Germany, Ireland, Belgium, Scotland, Mexico, Canada, China and Korea -- with a special focus on training in group counseling.

  • NEW LEARNING OBJECTIVES GUIDE STUDENT ATTENTION TO KEY POINTS THROUGHOUT THE CHAPTER. These helpful learning objectives appear at the beginning of each chapter. In addition to this new feature for student reading and review, the author has updated all citations throughout this edition to reference the latest developments and most recent literature in the field.

  • UPDATES HIGHLIGHT RECENT RESEARCH AND NEW INFORMATION ON ACCREDITATIONS, ETHICS, CULTURAL SENSITIVITY AND OTHER ISSUES. Updated research emphasizes the benefits of group work and ethics for online therapy groups. Expanded content discusses confidentiality with minors, religious and spiritual values and culturally sensitive conversations in groups and teaching group counseling virtually. New material covers standards from the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP, 2016) with revised chapters on early and later stages of group development.

  • NEW VIDEOS, GROUP THEORIES IN ACTION, VISUALLY DEMONSTRATE TECHNIQUES THAT CORRESPOND TO THEORY CHAPTERS. This Group Theories in Action video series corresponds with Chapters 6 through 15 and demonstrates group therapy techniques associated with each of the theories. A new section in the book illustrates how to apply selected techniques of each theory to a therapeutic group. These new sections can stand alone to demonstrate approaches to group counseling and illustrate practical applications to group work.

  • UPDATES IN CHAPTER 6, THE PSYCHOANALYTIC APPROACH TO GROUPS, OFFER UPDATED RESEARCH AND EXPANDED DISCUSSIONS OF KEY TOPICS. Students find increased emphasis on the role of the relationship in analytic group therapy. Updated research highlights the significance of early experiences on adult functioning. An updated perspective applies concepts of resistance, transference and countertransference to group work. An expanded discussion highlights the contemporary relational approach to psychodynamic therapy with a revised discussion of brief psychodynamic therapy.

  • UPDATES TO CHAPTER 7, ADLERIAN GROUP COUNSELING, INCLUDE NEW EXAMPLES AND NEW MATERIAL ON GOALS. Revised content discusses how goals influence behavior. The author adds many examples to clarify key concepts as well as sample dialogues to illustrate interventions.

  • REVISIONS TO CHAPTER 8, PSYCHODRAMA IN GROUPS, REFRAME PSYCHODRAMA AS A FORM OF EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING. This chapter adds several examples of participants’ experiences in psychodrama. Revised content applies psychodrama in school settings and includes recent studies supporting psychodrama.

  • UPDATES THROUGHOUT CHAPTER 9, THE EXISTENTIAL APPROACH TO GROUPS, EMPHASIZE GROUP MEMBERS AS ACTIVE AGENTS OF CHANGE. New content now highlights meta-analytic studies that clearly identify factors related to therapeutic effectiveness.

  • ADDITIONAL DISCUSSION IN CHAPTER 10, THE PERSON-CENTERED APPROACH TO GROUPS, FOCUSES ON EMPATHY, DIVERSITY AND TAKING ACTION. This chapter has increased discussions on translating core conditions in action as well as expanded content on the role of empathy, positive regard and therapist congruence in group practice. Revisions also offers emphasize diversity of styles in person-centered facilitation and explore possible future developments of person-centered theory.

  • CHAPTER 11, IN GESTALT THERAPY IN GROUPS, HIGHLIGHTS THE LATEST INFORMATION ON RELATIONAL GESTALT THEORY, VARIOUS STYLES OF PRACTICE AND RESISTANCE GESTALT THEORY. Updates present increased emphasis on relational Gestalt therapy with new discussion of how resistance is viewed in Gestalt therapy. Revisions explore the evolution of practicing Gestalt therapy as well as working in the here and now.

  • CHAPTER 12 HIGHLIGHTS TODAY'S TRENDS AND OFFERS MORE COVERAGE OF COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERPAY (CBT) FOR GROUPS. This chapter identifies trends in contemporary CBT with more emphasis on the role of the therapeutic relationship and collaboration. Revisions emphasize the importance of homework in group practice with more coverage on relapse prevention, mindfulness and acceptance approaches in CBT. Students explore the future of CBT and look at the culturally-responsive aspects of current CBT practice.

  • NEW CONTENT IN CHAPTER 13 EXAMINES RATIONAL EMOTIVE BEHAVIOR THERAPY (REBT) IN GROUPS. Revised discussions review some of the techniques in use today in REBT, while a streamlined presentation focuses on key concepts and techniques. Updates also emphasize diverse styles of REBT practice.

  • UPDATES IN CHAPTER 14 EXPLORE CHOICE THEORY/REALITY THERAPY IN GROUPS TODAY. New material focuses on how to apply reality therapy to school counseling. Additional discussion reviews how the past is addressed in reality therapy.

  • NEW MATERIAL IN CHAPTER 15 EXAMINES SOLUTION-FOCUSED BRIEF THERAPY AND MOTIVATIONAL INTERVIEWING IN GROUPS. This chapter increases the emphasis on actively involving clients in the therapeutic process. New discussion reviews the influence of Milton Erickson in developing solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT). Students learn how SFBT differs from traditional therapies and how they can maximize the flexibility of SFBT techniques. Revision address the use of questions in SFBT, stages of the change model and applying SFBT to multicultural populations.

  • MEANINGFUL CONTENT LINKS THEORY TO SUCCESSFUL PRACTICE. This extremely popular, best-selling text enables students to integrate approaches to develop their own frameworks for effective group counseling. Each theory chapter follows a consistent outline that equips students to easily compare and contrast different theoretical approaches across chapters. Each theory chapter also clearly demonstrates how the theory is used effectively in group practice.

  • NUMEROUS EXAMPLES AND APPLICATIONS DEMONSTRATE HOW THEORIES ARE APPLIED. This edition continues to provide engaging examples, practical applications and clear connections that demonstrate how theory links to practice.

  • PART THREE, "APPLICATION AND INTEGRATION," INCLUDES A CHAPTER FOCUSED SPECIFICALLY ON PRACTICAL APPLICATION. This edition's chapter on comparisons, contrasts and integration (Ch. 16) features an integrative model of group counseling that illustrates how theories and approaches can be combined into a practical and unique synthesis.

  • VALUABLE CONTENT DETAILS THE TYPES OF DILEMMAS GROUP LEADERS IN COUNSELING OFTEN FACE. Insights within this edition's chapter on ethical and professional issues in group practice (Ch. 3) candidly introduces students to common dilemmas that group leaders encounter. Helpful content also provides suggestions for reducing the chance of malpractice actions.

  • THIS EDITION INTEGRATES MULTICULTURAL CONCERNS INTO EVERY CHAPTER. The author carefully highlight the importance of ethical issues in working with multicultural populations. Insights and advice help students develop the skills needed to become effective multicultural leaders.

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