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December 1970

Theories and Methods of Group Counseling in the Schools.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1970;23(6):573. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1970.01750060093010

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There is no doubt that meaningful counseling of students serves as a preventative, corrective, and enriching force in the arena of mental health. Counselors applying group methods to the task significantly increase their effectiveness and, therefore, their contribution. This is not only true for the most commonly cited criterion, that of reaching more students through a group as opposed to one-to-one contacts. Often more important issues suggesting its use are ignored. For example, the group is natural to the setting, there is a lessening of resistance to authority figures, there is the opportunity for the universalization of problems and age-appropriate tasks, and individual growth is enhanced through peer cohesion, insight, and pressure. In this mode, the book is welcomed and should certainly encourage the use of group counseling. It is designed both to serve as a text and to present a framework for reference for those already practicing. The latter

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