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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Pub Co; 4th Revised edition edition (February 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0534367577
  • ISBN-13: 978-0534367572
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 16.5 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 567 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #284,746 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"It offers a practical, hands-on guide to group counseling with concrete, specific information for students on how to run a group from beginning to end. It stresses creativity and active leadership, and it provides many exercises that beginning group leaders can use from the beginning of their careers. I highly recommend it."

"The book is well constructed, appropriate for graduate-level work, comprehensive in coverage of issues related to group work. Students consistently provide favorable feedback about this text."

"If you can only use one text for graduate students or new counselors, this is the one. It's group counseling made clear and manageable. My students report that the best parts are the how-to's, like deepening the focus, cutting off, using rounds." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Ed Jacobs is an Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Master's Counseling Program at West Virginia University. He graduated from Florida State University with a doctorate in counselor education and received his masters and undergraduate degrees from the University of Texas in Austin. For the last twenty years, he has conducted over 450 workshops throughout the United States and Canada on Impact Therapy, group counseling, addictions counseling, and various other counseling related topics. He is a Fellow in the Association for Specialists in Group Work and has a small private practice. Dr. Jacobs is the author of over twenty articles and four books. He received the Professional Development Award from Association for Specialists in Group Work in 2003.

Dr. Robert L. Masson received his Ph.D. and Ed.D. at SUNY, Buffalo. He is now retired and lives in Punta Gorda, Florida. Dr. Masson was a professor for over thirty years at West Virginia University in the Counseling, Counseling Psychology, and Rehabilitation Department. He taught courses in techniques, theories, group, and rehabilitation counseling.

Dr. Riley Harvill is the co-founder of The HarBeck Company which is a human resource training and consulting firm located in Dallas, Texas. Before co-founding The HarBeck Company, Dr. Harvill was an associate professor at the University of North Texas in the Counselor Education Department where he taught courses in individual and group counseling.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Kennedy-Turner on Sept. 30 2009
Format: Paperback
I was worried about recieving this item, but the day i emailed Better World Books, i recieved the book in the mail and their customer service was really great and supportive thank you
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By Irina on Sept. 26 2011
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Received the book, does not differ from other editions. Maybe slight deference. However, in overall the book is in good condition with few markings but it was worth the price. The price was amazing.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Counseling groups? You probably need this! Aug. 8 2005
By Lynn - Published on
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Written in Jacobs's usual concise, never boring, and yet easy to read style, this informative text concerning group counseling provides all of the information a qualified counselor needs to plan, develop, and facilitate groups effectively. Jacobs's introduces group concepts within the integrative framework of Impact Therapy, a dynamic approach to counseling, incorporating theory and creative techniques, that he developed. His style, while not for everyone, provides the tools that a courageous counselor well-versed in theory can use to facilitate client movement.

I have studied with Dr. Jacobs, and so quickly realized these are the very same techniques he uses to run his Theories and Techniques classes. I know they work because there is never a moment in class that feels wasted, and it is never boring. My experience has been that class is generally over long before you want it to be.

Recently, I was developing a group proposal as a requirement of a group counseling class I took this summer. I had read the Corey book on groups, had the benefit of a semester's worth of lectures, had been through 40 or 50 additional publications/articles. I had all of this information and I had an idea, and yet I was struggling on exactly how to go about putting this proposal together. I had recently received the Jacobs book, but only had time to read the first couple of chapters, so I picked it up, flipped to the chapter on planning groups, and withing 20 pages my pen was flying as I scribbled notes organizing my project. Two chapters later, all I had left to do was type the formal proposal.

The book is filled with practical ideas presented in an uncomplicated manner that allows for immediate practical application. I highly recommend it!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
group counseling July 31 2008
By Maria C. Mason - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book is the best textbook. It is actually the first one I have read cover to cover. It will be a great resource and is exactly the same as the new edition! Thanks!
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Worth the money saved to get an older edition for class but... Jan. 22 2013
By Gloria - Published on
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The book is great of course, but I bought this older edition instead of the 7th edition to save money for class. The editions are VERY similar but I thought people should know that ethical considerations have been added to chapter 1 and that a new chapter has been added in the last half of the book about using/applying counseling theories. I had to buy the CourseMate add-on for class so I could still use the eBook to read the stuff the 4th ed was lacking. Overall they were pretty much the same, and worth the money saved since I paid $6.
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Wrong edition!!!!! And no one will contact me back! Sept. 25 2010
By Jenn.M - Published on
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I did not see the word international edition until it arrived in the mail
I contacted the company and they never responded back. I will never buy from this seller again.
It did however arrive in perfect condition sealed. So, it is a new book but I do not need international version and it said it cannot be bought in America, so how could I order it??
Group Counseling Textbook June 24 2010
By K. Crosland - Published on
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We used this as our textbook for my Master's Group Counseling Class. We were required to read this book cover to cover in 2 weeks time. It was so well written that reading this textbook was actually enjoyable. My undergraduate degree is in education; I wish this had been required reading before teaching because it gave so much practical and applicable information for conducting all kinds of groups.