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Great Groups!: Creating and Leading Effective Groups

by David R Hutchinson SAGE Publications, Inc
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Great Groups is a practical and inspirational guide that serves as a foundational text to creating and leading groups.  


Designed primarily for the beginning group worker from any of the helping professions, the book also acts as a valuable resource for those with more group experience.  Grounded in theory, but with a strong focus on practice and skill development, author David R. Hutchinson strives to connect directly with the reader with his personal and engaging writing style and "learn by doing" approach.  


The book has a threefold purpose: to provide the reader with specific tools for creating, understanding, and leading effective groups; to help the reader consider the application of theory to practice; and to spur the reader to seriously consider making group work a cornerstone of his or her professional practice.




Students will actually enjoy reading this book. The author uses his years of experience, including his mistakes, as the foundation for his communication with readers and instructors.   Illustrations help make this book even more accessible.  

The importance and use of theory is clearly articulated and shows students who are often bored or put off by theory how to use it in a way that makes sense. This book prepares new group workers for difficult, challenging groups by reviewing a number of specialized groups. A wealth of practice activities for the instructor including reflection exercises, group lab practice activities, and questions for "further thought."

Chapter 1: An Invitation to Group Work / Chapter 2: Becoming a Great Group Leader / Chapter 3: The Varieties of Groups / Chapter 4: Putting Group Theory into Practice / Chapter 5: Laying the Foundation: Developing Theoretical and Ethical Competency / Chapter 6: Planning for a New Group / Chapter 8: Your Group Is Engaging / Chapter 9: Leading the Working (Norming-Performing) Group / Chapter 10: Ending Your Group / Chapter 11: Groups Across the Life Span / Chapter 12: Specialized Groups / Chapter 13: Final Thoughts: Taking Care - The Personal and Political

The book is aimed at students who are working towards developing and leading groups... succeeds in offering an in-depth understanding of a wide range of issues that are important to consider when forming and facilitating successful groups, while managing to remain accessible and readable.
David R. Hutchinson, Johnson State College