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Published: June 28, 2011

Group counseling (guidance)

The simultaneous dispensing of universally applicable advice by a trained professional to groups of usually no more than 10 students. Group counseling and guidance may touch on as wide a range of topics as personal problems, intersocial problems, college selection, improvement of study skills, and techniques of taking job interviews. With public school GUIDANCE COUNSELORS responsible for counseling an average of more than 600 students per year, group counseling permits efficient distribution of universally applicable advice and information to groups small enough to permit ample student responses and questions to and interaction with the counselor. In addition to distributing information and advice to more students in a shorter period of time, group counseling has several advantages over one-to-one counseling in that it permits students to meet and talk with other students with similar problems, to obtain group support and develop new interpersonal relationships.