Title

Mining the Subjective, Inner Experience of Group Counseling Clients

Proposal Type

Event

Keywords

group counseling, mind map, inner experience

Subject Area

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Description/Abstract

During any group, members experience thoughts and feelings that they do not express (Yalom, 2005). In group counseling, this inner experience has the potential to offer a richness to the group process that goes untapped. Furthermore, these inner experiences heavily influence how people behave in group counseling (Morgan & Roberts, 2010). Bringing these hidden experiences to the surface would help understand the motivations behind group counseling clients’ interpersonal behaviors. The researcher utilized mind mapping in order to determine if the subjective, inner experience of clients in group counseling could be elucidated. After each group session, clients completed mind maps in an effort to examine the progression of thoughts and feelings that followed an impactful moment that occurred during that session. The presenter, along with a group of students, conducted Consensual Qualitative Research (Hill, 2012) to categorize the data obtained from the mind maps. This research and its implications will be shared with attenders.

Bio

Dr. Clay Rowell is currently the Department Head for Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of North Georgia. He has been a practicing counselor for nearly 19 years and a Counselor Educator for 10 years. An avid scholar, Dr. Rowell has over 50 regional, national, and international presentations and has authored over 10 published works. He also was the recipient of the 2012 Excellence in Teaching award from North Georgia College & State University.

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Mining the Subjective, Inner Experience of Group Counseling Clients

During any group, members experience thoughts and feelings that they do not express (Yalom, 2005). In group counseling, this inner experience has the potential to offer a richness to the group process that goes untapped. Furthermore, these inner experiences heavily influence how people behave in group counseling (Morgan & Roberts, 2010). Bringing these hidden experiences to the surface would help understand the motivations behind group counseling clients’ interpersonal behaviors. The researcher utilized mind mapping in order to determine if the subjective, inner experience of clients in group counseling could be elucidated. After each group session, clients completed mind maps in an effort to examine the progression of thoughts and feelings that followed an impactful moment that occurred during that session. The presenter, along with a group of students, conducted Consensual Qualitative Research (Hill, 2012) to categorize the data obtained from the mind maps. This research and its implications will be shared with attenders.