Planned Group Counseling

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Planned Group Counseling

SKU# 9780826122551

An Alternative Group Method for Reluctant Chemically Dependent and Psychiatric Patients

Author: Anthony N. Biancoviso PhD, Jairo N. Fuertes PhD, ABPP, Wandajune Bishop-Towle PhD


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This book presents a detailed description of a new group method called Planned Group Counseling (PGC). This method was created to cope with the very reluctant behaviors found in chemically dependent and psychiatric patients: lateness, irregular attendance, premature termination, and non-compliance with therapeutic directives. The book provides the readers with a step-by-step guide for implementing PGC, including plans and psychological exercises that are designed to further develop intra-and interpersonal skills. Detailed descriptions of interventions are also included to help the group leader with a variety of difficult behaviors.

Product Details 

  • Publication Date April 16, 2004
  • Page Count 272
  • Product Form Hardback
  • ISBN 13 9780826122551
  • EISBN 9780826122568

Table of Contents 

  1. History and Overview
  2. Theoretical Framework
  3. The PGC Leadership Approach
  4. PGC Group Process
  5. Preparing for a PGC Session
  6. Detailed Description and a Replicable Example of PGC
  7. Responding to NonCompliant Behaviors, Suicidal and Homicidal Thoughts and Threats, and Requests for the Leader’s Self-disclosure
  8. PGC Plans
  9. Using PGC in Psychiatric Settings
  10. Using PGC in Educational Settings

  11. Epilogue