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Group-Centered Prevention in Mental Health

Theory, Training, and Practice

Authors: Clanton Harpine, Elaine

  • Addresses theoretical principles underlying group-centered prevention practice
  • Describes detailed training techniques for scientist-practitioners and clinicians in group-centered counseling
  • Explores group-centered prevention across health, school and family settings
  • Provides ready-to-implement training sessions for mastering group principles
  • Offers recommendations for ensuring successful outcomes of prevention groups
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About this book

This book presents the concept of group-centered prevention and provides explanations and exercises for learning the method and teaching it to others. Detailed studies offer evidence for the continuing importance of prevention in mental well-being and distinguishes group-centered prevention from other group interventions by its ability to resolve incipient mental health issues and emotional problems. Case examples with adults, children, couples, and others demonstrate successful uses of group-centered techniques as well as illustrate the problems that arise in group settings. The book's ready-to-apply training exercises give prospective group leaders practice in starting new groups, fostering cohesion, integrating therapeutic factors into sessions, and other core skills.

Featured topics include:

  • Group-centered prevention in contrast with other group interventions.
  • Characteristics of effective leaders in group-centered prevention.
  • Benefits of prevention groups as opposed to those gained in counseling and therapy.
  • Key constructs of self-efficacy and intrinsic motivation in group-centered prevention.
  • Stages of development in new groups.
  • Formats for developing training exercises.

Group-Centered Prevention in Mental Health is an essential resource for scientist-practitioners, clinicians, and researchers as well as graduate students in such disciplines as school psychology, social work, and public health. Its educational uses span classroom, workshop, and training settings across the health and healing disciplines.

About the authors

Elaine Clanton Harpine, Ph.D., is a motivational psychologist specializing in group-centered motivational program design. She has 43 years of experience designing and conducting motivational prevention programs for children and youth. Dr. Clanton Harpine earned her doctorate in Educational Psychology, Counseling from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Her research for the past 13 years has focused on using group-centered interventions with at-risk readers. Dr. Clanton Harpine designed the motivational reading program called, Camp Sharigan, which she has used extensively in her work and research. She also designed the Reading Orienteering Club after-school prevention program and 4-Step Method for teaching at-risk children to read. Her research with these programs has been published in psychological journals and reported through presentations at the American Psychological Association's annual conventions.

In recent years, Dr. Clanton Harpine has been teaching Group Therapy and Counseling, Lifespan Development and Human Growth and Development at the University of South Carolina Aiken and is continuing her research with group-centered prevention. She is the editor for the “Prevention Corner” column, which appears quarterly in The Group Psychologist. She was selected for inclusion in Who’s Who of American Women, 2006-2014, for her work with children in inner-city neighborhoods and at-risk communities.

Reviews

“Group-Centered Prevention in Mental Health is a text for teaching group-centered prevention in graduate programs as well as a step-by-step guide for practitioners who need to understand how to put together group interventions for use in building a cohesive environment ... . this book can be a great motivator for professionals (e.g., psychologists, health care social workers, school counselors) to start thinking about other problems that can be solved in a group-centered prevention program.” (Leslie B. Rosen, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 61 (24), June, 2016)

“Harpine has contributed greatly to our understanding and promotion of prevention group work for years. … One of the strongest contributions Harpine offers in this book is a description of the successful ‘Reading Orienteering Group’ that she has led for years. This unique application of group principles and methods to the development of reading skills is truly a substantive addition to our group-centered prevention work. … The most outstanding characteristic of the book is its specificity.” (John Dagley, The Group Psychologist, div49tgp.com, April, 2016)

“This book about the importance of group-centered prevention explores the benefits of prevention groups, characteristics of leaders, and stages of development. … The book is easy to read and practical, with clinical examples. This is a practical book on prevention groups that explores the basic concepts of group structure and process. Written by an expert in the field with many decades of experience, it addresses an important topic -- focusing on prevention that may help reduce future difficulties.” (Gary B. Kaniuk, Doody’s Book Reviews, April, 2016)


Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • What Is Group-Centered Prevention?

    Clanton Harpine, Elaine

    Pages 1-8

  • What Is the Role of Group Dynamics in Group Prevention?

    Clanton Harpine, Elaine

    Pages 9-27

  • Why Is Group Process Important in Group Prevention?

    Clanton Harpine, Elaine

    Pages 29-50

  • How Can a Group Best Achieve Cohesive Group Interaction?

    Clanton Harpine, Elaine

    Pages 51-72

  • Are Prevention Groups Therapeutic?

    Clanton Harpine, Elaine

    Pages 73-86

Buy this book

eBook $99.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-19102-7
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $129.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-19101-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $129.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-37180-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Group-Centered Prevention in Mental Health
Book Subtitle
Theory, Training, and Practice
Authors
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-19102-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-19102-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-19101-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-37180-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 165
Number of Illustrations and Tables
1 b/w illustrations
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