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 6: Leading Structured Group Sessions
Leading Structured Group Sessions
Just like a well-built vehicle, a properly designed structured exercise can take the group anywhere you want—except that you need the key to turn its engine on. This chapter hands you that key—a method of conducting and processing structured exercise—that starts the ignition, sending the group off down the road.
Mandated Groups: How to Make Them Work
Most group therapists, green or seasoned, dread the thought of leading groups made up of mandated members. Yet, as Jacob and Schimmel (2013) state, “people don’t mind being led if they are led well” (p. 8). Mandated members can be led well, if we have a firm grasp of the realities of mandated groups and, at the same time, a suitable method ...