Effective Group Leadership (Orpen Press)
Gerard’s first book on group facilitation is entitled Effective Group Leadership: Insights of a Practitoner (Orpen Press, 2016). The book asks challenging questions of those of us drawn to the role of group facilitator. Taking as its cue Carl Rogers’ tenet that those working on the development of others ought to be in an ongoing process of development themselves, the book explores the topic of the ongoing growth and development of a working facilitator. Though strongly informed by a broad range of theory, the ultimate aim of the book is to help us become better group leaders. The book is laden with stories and case studies of Gerard’s long engagement with groups. It is written in a flowing, engaging and accessible style. The book was widely and very favourably reviewed in a range of Irish Journals.