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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.

Leading Semistructured Groups: Working on Agenda Items
Leading Semistructured Groups: Working on Agenda Items

Standing between the colossal structured group (Chapter 6) and the tall-order unstructured group (Chapter 8), a humble format of group therapy—the semistructured group—finds a sliver of blue sky for itself. Humble it may be, lowly it is not. For this format offers members the autonomy lacking in structured groups and, at the same time, disbands the anxiety teeming in unstructured groups. What’s more, this format affords budding group leaders their much needed scaffolding before they press forward into the advanced leadership they may practice later.

As semi as it is, this format is not a hybrid. Rather, the semistructured group is an idiosyncratic method of its own genre, distinct with its own ...

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