Intentional Group Counseling

Best Practices for a Multicultural World (First Edition)
Farah Ibrahim, Allen Ivey, Paul Pedersen, and Mary Bradford Ivey
©2019, 534 pages

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    Intentional Group Counseling: Best Practices for a Multicultural World provides students with essential best practices for conducting group counseling sessions in a diverse society. The text presents students with the latest research in applied psychology and group counseling, and also breaks down the complex art of leadership into individual skills using the Microskills approach. Embracing an experiential learning framework, students are guided through the practical application of learned Microskills in real-world group settings to further develop their competencies within dynamic environments.

    The book begins with best practices for intentional group leadership, ethics, cultural competence, and social justice in group work. Later chapters focus on listening and process skills, managing conflict and confrontation, and how to employ interpersonal influence to help clients explore logical consequences, group feedback, and meaningful reflection. The text closes with discussions of alternative theoretical approaches to group work, strategies for working with children and adolescents, and how to develop a personal leadership style.

    Designed to help future clinicians prepare to lead diverse populations through effective and profound group sessions, Intentional Group Counseling is ideal for courses in group work, group counseling, social work, and psychology.

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    Dr. Farah Ibrahim earned her doctorate degree at Pennsylvania State University from the Division of Educational, School, and Counseling psychology. She is a fellow of the American Psychological Association (SCP), and currently serves as a professor of counseling psychology and counselor education at University of Colorado, Denver.
    Paul Pederson was professor emeritus at Syracuse University and recipient of the 2010 APA Distinguished Contributions to the International Advancement of Psychology Award.
    Dr. Allen Ivey earned his doctorate in counseling at Harvard University and is distinguished university professor (emeritus) at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is a past president and fellow of the Society for Counseling Psychology of the American Psychological Association, as well as fellow of the Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race and the Asian American Psychological Association.
    Dr. Mary Bradford Ivey earned her doctorate at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. A fellow of the American Counseling Association, her elementary guidance program was named one of the top ten in the United States. She has lectured widely throughout the United States and internationally, and is the author of multiple books, chapters, and articles.
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    “Ivey and Ibrahim provide us with a unique contribution to the expanding group work literature that brilliantly forges new ground. It will fill an existing gap through its focus on precise leadership skills set within a clear framework that integrates group work best practices with multicultural sensitivities. This book will be inherently valuable to practitioners and to faculty of group work training programs alike, by offering informed direction that is urgently needed to deliver comprehensive group work skills that respect and capture multicultural differences.”
    Robert K. Conyne, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, University of Cincinnati
    Licensed Psychologist and Licensed Clinical Counselor
    President, Charting Your Personal Future

    “With the notions of intentionality, cultural competence, and social justice foregrounded, this text is a phenomenal resource. Ibrahim and her colleagues masterfully integrate microskills, the group process, and issues of culture and social justice throughout the text. Moreover, by giving the reader the tools to put their learning into action, theory and practice are blended to enhance understanding of group concepts and interventions.”
    Carlos P. Hipolito-Delgado, Associate Professor, University of Colorado Denver
    School of Education and Human Development |Counseling
    Check out the CU Denver Today article featuring Farah Ibrahim and Intentional Group Counseling.