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.

Taking Risks in Communication

Taking Risks in Communication

Having just passed the transition/storming stage but not yet arrived at the working stage, the group readily enters the “interim” of the norming stage (Tuckman, 1965; Tuckman & Jensen, 1977). The norming stage bridges the there-and-then focus in the early sessions to that of the here-and-now coming soon. This chapter focuses on leadership skills and techniques that help members cross this bridge.

The Norming Stage of the Group

The norming stage is one of intense preparation (Tuckman, 1965; Tuckman & Jensen, 1977) for the hard work of here-and-now—the birthing of members’ inner transformation. This intense preparation will land the group at a high level of cohesiveness and intimacy to which the early stages paled in comparison.

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