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The Lonely Professionals: A Case for Group Therapy With Resistant Influentials
John Delony, Ian M. Lértora, and Alexis L. Croffie
This article explores the commonalities across the personal and professional
characteristics of resistant influentials (RIs) and makes a case for their need for
community, accountability, and, specifically, group therapeutic counseling
interventions. Research is presented on group counseling, specifically types of
group counseling, recent scholarship, theoretical approaches of group
psychotherapy, and practitioner-based intervention strategies. Research is
discussed on the nature and unique challenges of RIs, specifically attorneys and
faith leaders. Finally, the authors make a case made for the need of group
counseling for RIs and provide specific reasons why this is a uniquely
challenging commitment for these individuals.
Keywords: group counseling, resistant influential, lawyers, faith leaders