Group Development and Group Leadership in Student Affairs provides readers with an overview of basic group dynamics and techniques that are effective in higher education and student affairs settings. Student affairs professionals frequently use group work and team projects that require them to engage undergraduate students in ways that are unlike the classroom or less formal social setting. To help these individuals navigate their new roles, this book will provide an overview of basic group dynamics and leadership skills that facilitate productive group functioning. The book will be both a textbook that provides content regarding group dynamics, group theory and group leadership, and a workbook/guidebook that provides information and scenarios that encourage readers to consider how the basic group principals can be applied in various areas of student affairs.
Wendy Killam is a professor and coordinator of the counseling program at Stephen F. Austin State University. She is a licensed counselor and has experience working in the field of student affairs. She has been working in higher education for over 20 years.
Adam Carter is a counselor educator and supervisor specializing in working with bereaved youth and families in group settings. He worked in housing and residence life for a decade before becoming a professional counselor.
Suzanne Degges-White is professor and chair of the Department of Counseling, Adult and Higher Education at Northern Illinois University. She writes a blog for Psychology Today magazine and is a regular contributor on NIU’s NPR radio station’s Perspectives program.
Part I: Foundational Knowledge for Effective Groups
1 Introduction to Group Counseling and Dynamics
Susan J. Foster, Rodney E. Harris, and Denita Hudson
2 Overview of Common Group Theories
Emily Donald and Adam Carter
Part II: Effective Group Leadership and Membership
3 Group Leadership Techniques
4 Culturally Responsive Group Leadership
Christian D. Chan, Tamekia Bell, and Tahani Dari
5 Leading a Team
Mary G. Mayorga
6 Being an Effective Group Member
Adam Carter and Emily Donald
7 Team and Committee Work
Suzanne Degges-White and Wendy Killam
Part III: Implementing Groups on Campus
8 Being an Advisor for Student Groups
Kimberlee Ratilff and Janet Athanasiou
9 Creating Group Opportunities for Students
Siu-Man Raymond Ting and Mona Nour
10 Residence Life and the Integration of Groups
Shannon Dean-Scott and Peter Theodore Ingwersen
Part IV: Groups for Specific Campus Populations
11 Group Opportunities for First-Generation College Students: Honoring Cultural Wealth
Angelica M. Tello
12 Groups for Academically Vulnerable Students: The PEGASUS Intervention
13 Groups for Student Veterans
Wendy Killam and Suzanne Degges-White
14 Groups to Support Survivors of Sexual Assault
Eve Kagan and Katherine M. Atkins
15 Group Support for Students with High-Functioning Autism and Asperger’s
16 Support Groups for Single Mothers
Part V: Trends in Student Affairs Group Implementation
17 Technology and Groups in Student Affairs Practice
18 Current Issues and Future Trends
Jane M. Webber, J. Barry Mascari, Robert Kitzinger, and Stephanie Bobbit
About the Editors and Contributors
This book contains comprehensive and practical information pertaining to the wide array of groups found across college campuses. Though it may be a vital resource in the success of student affairs professionals with engaging college leadership and student affairs examples, it really serves as a go-to book for anyone seeking to understand and facilitate highly effective groups.
Group Development and Group Leadership in Student Affairs fills a much-needed gap that has been missing in the higher education leadership text books. Group and team leadership is a foundation for how we operate on our college and universities from student groups to the president’s cabinet. This text takes the reader from theory to practice while realizing that there is not a one-size-fits-all approach, having chapters devoted to specific student populations that may need an altered approach. Highly recommend adding it to your library.