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.

Working With Unspoken Tension and Open Conflict

Working With Unspoken Tension and Open Conflict

Working With Unspoken Tension and Open Conflict

Embarking on the journey into the unstructured or experiential mode, a group will sooner or later come upon a new rite of passage—tension and conflict. Some beginning group leaders feel threatened in the face of this tension and conflict; others even take it personally, believing it a proof of their personal failure as a leader. It is no wonder when interviewing graduate students about their experience in group leadership training, Ohrt, Ener, Porter, and Young (2014) found a consistent theme: an overwhelming anxiety about managing conflict within the group. Sadly, this fear of conflict sends many prospective therapists running for the exit from leading groups.

To address this anxiety, this chapter presents ...

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