chapter  3
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Group Work and Theory

Theory is an important aspect of counseling as it helps the counselor conceptualize and make sense of the countless pieces of information learned from the client. Theory is not some abstract, external set of techniques that is applied to clients but instead reflects the counselor’s own philosophy on how people develop, how and why people struggle, and how change occurs (Fall et al. 2010). Because it arises from each counselor’s own values and is then shaped and honed by existing, more developed theories, the development of one’s personal theory is a very personal and complicated process.