Group Leadership Skills provides a road map and a practical toolkit for users to lead all types of groups effectively. Drawing on extensive teaching and clinical experience, authors Mei-whei Chen and Christopher Rybak give readers numerous skills, techniques, insights, and case illustrations demonstrating how to tap into the heart of group therapy: the interpersonal processes. The text covers group processes from beginning to end, including setting up a group, running the first session, facilitating the opening and closing of each session, working with tension and conflict, and using advanced skills and intervention techniques to facilitate member change. The Second Edition expands on group leadership skills to include methods of running mandate groups, semi-structured groups, basic level unstructured groups, and advanced level here-and-now focused groups, as well as using psychodrama techniques to heal unresolved grief and loss.
Chapter 1: Theories and Assumptions
Theories and Assumptions
Beneath any ordinary interaction among a group of people lies a fascinating world of interpersonal process—a world we often let pass as we go about our lives. However, upon a closer look, stretches of interpersonal terrain often lay themselves bare in front of our eyes—a member shutting down in communication; another using anger to keep others at arms’ length; yet another constantly jumping in before others get an opportunity; and more.
We can neither confirm nor deny: festering within these exteriors might be certain perceived disapproval from others; flight from vulnerable feelings; evasion from anxiety; and what not.
The complex, fertile, and elusive nature of the interpersonal process in a group often baffles beginning group therapists, whilst keeping the most seasoned ...