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By: Amy Nitza

In: Handbook of Group Counseling & Psychotherapy

Chapter 8: Selecting and Using Activities in Groups

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Selecting and Using Activities in Groups
Selecting and using activities in groups
Amy Nitza

The use of structured activities has become standard practice in many types of groups. Many books offer structured group “curricula” for specific types of themed groups; others consist of compilations of single activities that can be used with a variety of different types of groups and with different ages and populations. Yet activities in and of themselves are unlikely to promote change in groups. Dye suggested, “The actual experience of an activity rarely produces meaningful learning” (2009, p. 29). Rather, it is the carefully selected and planned use of an activity, targeted for a specific purpose within a specific group, and processed effectively that is likely to be useful in promoting change. ...

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