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The transition stage in group counseling in terms on congruence theory

Journal of Counseling Psychology , Volume 10 (2): 136 – Jan 1, 1963


Wm. C. Brown Co.
Copyright © 1963 by American Psychological Association
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The transition stage in group counseling in terms on congruence theory


This paper describes the nature of the transition stage and explains a possible solution in terms of a theory of congruence. Theories of group counseling do not provide for the resolution of the conflict associated with the transition stage. This critical point in the therapeutic process is defined as an incongruous situation. The incongruity involves a positive attitude toward the counselor and a negative attitude toward what the counselor expects of the client in the therapeutic relationship of group counseling. To establish congruity, the counselor communicates that personal problems should not be discussed in social groups but that the discussion of personal problems is not only acceptable but also therapeutically necessary in the normatively different context of the counseling situation.
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