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 11: Advanced Steps Into the Here-and-Now
Advanced Steps Into the Here-and-Now
Once starting to take greater risks in self-disclosure and feedback, the group rapidly gains momentum and moves ahead into a breathtaking terrain—the here-and-now.
Though most compatible with unstructured groups in their “working stage,” the here-and-now method can benefit many other groups and settings. Indeed, small doses of the here-and-now can actually be used in the early stages of a counseling group and even in psychoeducational groups or mandated groups. The key lies in choosing a level of intensity that suits your group’s needs and capabilities.