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 3: Types of Groups and How to Start One From Scratch
Types of Groups and How to Start One From Scratch
Much work remains to be done before a group can launch into its therapeutic work. This includes the following:
- Attention to ethical and professional guidelines
- Program planning
- Member preparation and screening
The only way to bypass this altogether is when you adopt a group that has already been formed. In this case, you will have to bend over backward to fit yourself into a group that has already had its own history, dynamics, and unspoken rules. Given a choice, most leaders will opt to start their own group from scratch in an effort to ensure a solid foundation and optimal success for the group.
Ethical and Professional Guidelines
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