Group Activities for Families in Recovery
Publication Year: 2013
Group Activities for Families in Recovery offers therapists a wealth of activities designed to help families struggling with addiction address problem areas of functioning, and ultimately shift from dysfunctional patterns to healthy living. Written by expert practitioners in family-oriented substance abuse treatment programs, this text focuses on group therapy as a key component to treatment.
Beginning with a brief overview of the issues involved in working from a systemic family therapy perspective of addiction, the text discusses practical guidelines for working with families in groups and how to best utilize the exercise in the book. The collection of 30 group activities are suitable for a variety of family-oriented substance abuse treatment groups. They are divided into seven sections covering the key issues of:
1. Family Structure; 2. ...
- Front Matter
- Back Matter
- Whole and Parts
- Everyone Is Impacted
- Learn from Listening and Watching
- Child Focus
- Healthy Caring, Not Enabling
- Families and Substance Abuse—A Brief Overview
- Family Esprit De Corps (Collective Sense of Self)
- Group Process and Structure
- Group Leadership
- Avoiding Resistance
- Dual Diagnosis
- Structure of Family Group
- Children in Group
- Family Group Rules
- Process and Structure of Therapy
- Locus of Control from External to Internal
- Confidentiality and Legal and Ethical Issues
- Blended Families
- Diverse Families
- Working with Expressive Arts
Part 3: The Curriculum
- Curriculum Section I: Family Structure
- Chapter I-1: Family Roles
- How Families Look: Roles and Structure Worksheet
- Chapter I-2: Impact of Addiction on My Family: Before—During—After
- Chapter I-3: How We Experience Our Family Family Sculpting
- Chapter I-4: My Family: Cycles and History
- Curriculum Section II: Family Identity
- Chapter II-1: Family Identity I: Who We Think We Are Family Coat of Arms
- Chapter II-2: Family Identity II: Structure Family Routines and Rituals
- Chapter II-3: Family Identity III: Who We Feel We Are “My Family” Poem
- Chapter II-4: How I See My Family Circle Drawing
- Curriculum Section III: Sober Fun
- Chapter III-1: Family Fun Group/Family Game Night
- Chapter III-2: Playing Together Drumming/Music
- Curriculum Section IV: Toward Health
- Chapter IV-1: Healthy Helping Healthy Helping Worksheet
- Chapter IV-2: Doing It Differently Poem: “New Hands” by Carol Lynn Pearson 9 Dots Exercise My Family's New Story
- Chapter IV-3: Relationships I: Healthy or Unhealthy? Healthy Relationship/Unhealthy Relationship
- Chapter IV-4: Relationships II: Choosing a Relationship Choosing a Relationship Worksheet
- Chapter IV-5: Relationships III: Stages in Relationships Stages in Relationships Worksheet
- Chapter IV-6: Private or Secret? Family Bag
- Chapter IV-7: Families in Recovery I What's True and What's Not? Family Goals and Relapse Issues
- Chapter IV-8: Families in Recovery II Family Timeline
- Chapter IV-9: Healing Families What I Can Do
- Chapter IV-10: What Could Be Better? Making Group More Meaningful to Me—Fish Bowl Group Rules
- Chapter IV-11: Rebuilding Trust Rebuilding Trust Discussion and Worksheet
- Chapter IV-12: Building Lifelong, Healthy Supports I Parts of My Life
- Chapter IV-13: Building Lifelong Healthy Supports II AA/NA/Al-Anon
- Chapter IV-14: Spirituality Spirituality and My Family
- Chapter IV-15: Developing Healthy Rules Rules in My Family
- Curriculum Section V: Anger
- Chapter V-1: Anger in My Family What I Learned About Anger and What I Want to Teach My Children Worksheet
- Chapter V-2: Strategies to Manage Anger Strategies to Manage Anger Worksheet
- Chapter V-3: Conflict in My Family Conflict in My Family
- Chapter V-4: Making Arguing Work Fair Fighting Rules Worksheet
- Curriculum Section VI: Communication
- Chapter VI-1: Working Together Words and Story
- Chapter VI-2: Assertive Communication How Assertive Am I? Assertiveness/Aggressiveness Scenarios How to Ask for What I Want
- Chapter VI-3: What We Haven't Said Letter to Family Member
- Chapter VI-4: Our Different Experiences Answer by Moving
- Chapter VI-5: Do You Hear Me? Active Listening
- Chapter VI-6: Gratitude Gratitude Quilt
- Chapter VI-7: Resentment: Taking Back the Power Letting Go Activity
- Curriculum Section VII: Parenting
- Chapter VII-1: When Daddy Drinks Functional Analysis
- Chapter VII-2: What About the Kids? Parenting Styles—How Can I Be a Better Parent?
- Chapter VII-3: What Do We Tell the Kids? What Do We Tell the Kids?
- Chapter VII-4: Consequence with Empathy How Can I Be a Better Parent?
[Page ii]To our families, especially Sam, Jessica, Ky, Miah, Ian, Adam, and Eli; to the families we work with and learn from; and to our wonderful coworkers, interns, and teachers.
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About the Authors[Page 241]
Joan Zimmerman, MA, LMFT, LCAS, has been working with substance abuse and families for nine years. Until recently, she supervised the Family Solutions substance abuse treatment program. This program was specifically designed to work with families with substance abuse. She was involved in initially designing the program, with broad input from a variety of community members and agencies, and has consistently led weekly Family Groups for the families the program works with. Currently, she is in private practice and teaches in the Human and Psychological Counseling department at Appalachian State University. She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist, and an approved Marriage and Family Therapy supervisor.
Jon L. Winek, PhD, LMFT, LPC, currently directs the Marriage and Family Therapy program at Appalachian State University, where he has been teaching since 1993. He has been involved with the theoretical development of the treatment program at Family Solutions, and continues to provide ongoing clinical supervision to the staff. He is the author of the DVD series Systemic Family Therapy: From Theory to Practice, as well numerous book chapters and journal articles.