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By: Lawrence Shulman

In: Handbook of Group Counseling & Psychotherapy

Chapter 10: Unleashing the Healing Power of the Group: The Mutual Aid Process

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Unleashing the Healing Power of the Group: The Mutual Aid Process
Unleashing the healing power of the group: The mutual aid process
Lawrence Shulman

Whenever a group of people are assembled with a purpose, an entity is created called the group-as-a-whole. The organism, which is more than the sum of its parts, has the potential to become a mutual aid support system for any type of psychoeducational, counseling, or psychotherapy group, in any setting, developed for any specific group purpose, and designed for any member population. Mutual aid can also be a force in evidenced-based group models, for example, cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused, or motivational interviewing. Members of the group have the power to help each other in ways that the group leader cannot. But this mutual aid ...

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