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.

Process Illumination

Process Illumination

Group dynamics, in our view, encompass all of the group’s interpersonal processes. They are the group’s unique constellation of behavioral patterns—a constellation constantly in a state of flux. They are, as well, the group’s driving force, thrusting it forward, if not backward. As such, group dynamics are almost the “holy grail” of group counseling—earnestly pursued by all devoted group therapists.

This chapter picks up where Chapter 11 left off, striving to illustrate the second tier of the advanced level here-and-now method—process illumination. In its relentless pursuit of the meanings of the process level of communication, this chapter rallies a multitude of techniques to shed light on this enigmatic object of interest—the group dynamics.

Process Illumination and Change

The Elusive Nature of Process Illumination

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