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.

On Becoming a Group Leader

On Becoming a Group Leader

When done well, group therapy looks like a work of art—its process appears seamless and effortless, even though we know much work goes into the making. Arriving at this artful state of group leadership requires

  • a wide range of knowledge about group dynamics,
  • a set of skills and techniques to facilitate these dynamics, and
  • a list of personal qualities conducive to bringing out the group power.

Among the above three rudiments, it is the personal part of leadership—the “self” of the group leaders—to which this chapter is devoted. The nuts and bolts of leadership skills and techniques will be covered throughout subsequent chapters.

The Development of a Leader

An effective group leader works neither as a technician nor a motivational helper—he ...

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