Chapter 15. Helping People in Groups

  1. Richard Velleman and
  2. Sarajane Aris

Published Online: 10 DEC 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444317473.ch15

Counselling and Helping, Second edition

Counselling and Helping, Second edition

How to Cite

Velleman, R. and Aris, S. (2009) Helping People in Groups, in Counselling and Helping, Second edition, BPS Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444317473.ch15

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 10 DEC 2009
  2. Published Print: 15 JAN 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405106108

Online ISBN: 9781444317473



  • helping people in groups;
  • assertiveness or social skills;
  • aim and purposes of groups;
  • Alcoholics Anonymous or Weight Watchers - members' behavioural and psychological change;
  • establishing groups - clear and specific about aim and purpose;
  • leadership in group counselling;
  • stages of group development;
  • skills and strategies in managing problems in group work;
  • groups, becoming dependent upon leader;
  • working with clients in groups - and aims and purpose


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Why Should We Work in Groups?

  • The Aim and Purposes of a Group

  • Establishing a Group

  • Leadership in Group Counselling

  • Stages of Group Development

  • Skills and Strategies to Manage Problems in Group Work

  • When Not to Work with Groups