Kevin A. Fall, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Professional Counseling Program. Dr. Fall received his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Texas-Austin, his M.Ed. from Texas State, and his Ph.D. from the University of North Texas. He has co-authored three books and one edited book on group counseling: Group Counseling: Concepts and Procedures, Alternatives to Domestic Violence, Choosing Nonviolence, and Modern Applications to Group Work. He has also co-authored a book on counseling theory, Theoretical Models of Counseling and Psychotherapy and a book for advanced clinical training, Translating Theory into Practice. He has published numerous journal articles and book chapters on the topics of counselor training, the public perception of mental health professionals, domestic violence, and group counseling with male adolescents. Dr. Fall is a frequent presenter at local, state and national conferences on such topics as: Adlerian theory, domestic violence, ethics, clinical supervision, and male issues in counseling. Dr. Fall is a Licensed Professional Counselor and maintains a small private practice focusing on adolescents and their families.
This didactic and experiential course provides students with an introduction to the concepts and practices of group counseling, supplemented by lectures and readings. The dynamics and procedures involved in working with groups will be examined with students functioning as both group participants as well as group leaders. The course also examines basic group counseling skills, stages of group formation, confidentially, trust issues, co-counseling in groups, group dynamics and structure, groupwork with families, and groupwork from a systemic perspective. Cultural factors related to group work are identified didactically and experientially. Practical approaches to group counseling include psycho-educational groups, interpersonal problem-solving groups, and task/work groups, among others. This course also includes focus on 1 unit of special topics toward the CA LPCC license.
Remediating the dysfunctional communications patterns of sexually abusive families is an important step in treating them. No communications training program for such families has been evaluated, however. This paper describes an evaluation of a communications training program carried out within the context of a self-help group for sexually abusive families. Group members were randomly assigned to receive an eight-week communications training program or to continue participating at self-help meetings. No group differences were apparent on a preintervention communications questionnaire, but the posttraining scores of experimental subjects were higher than controls. Experimental subjects maintained these scores upon follow-up and the scores of controls increased when the program was administered to them by a student therapist. It is suggested that the procedures and findings of this study contribute to the community mental health field by a) underscoring communications concepts that are helpful to abusive families; b) modeling a novel design for evaluating interventions that includes self-help participation as a nonspecific treatment; and c) illustrating the value of collaborative efforts between self-help groups and human services providers when they serve their mutual interests. 781b155fdc