Master Group Counselors’ Case Conceptualizations

Yoonhee Sung, Thomas M. Skovholt

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Despite its critical role in successful counseling, case conceptualization has received less attention in group counseling than in individual counseling. The current research examined what information is considered important in group case conceptualizations by interviewing 12 master counselors in group counseling. Interview data were analyzed by using Consensual Qualitative Research. Two domains and 12 categories emerged from the data. Results indicated master counselors in this study conceptualized group counseling focusing concurrently on Group Functioning and Individual Functioning. Limitations and implications for practice of group work, supervision, and future research were presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)118-137
Number of pages20
JournalJournal for Specialists in Group Work
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 3 2019


  • Case conceptualization
  • case formulation
  • consensual qualitative research
  • group counseling
  • master counselors


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