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.

The First Session and the Forming Stage

The First Session and the Forming Stage

Half the success of a group relies on a good start. The first session, just like the first stage of a group, sets the tone for the remainder of the group life. Foster a sense of connection, trust, and hope right off the bat, and the group will launch itself onto a positive trajectory. This chapter provides concepts and skills for such a successful group launch.

Leadership and the Forming Stage

Filled with apprehension and uncertainty about the unknown, members in the initial stage of a group need structure and orientation. This section depicts features of this tender stage of the group and leadership principles.

The Five Stages of Group Development

Groups tend to move ...

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