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.

Using Psychodrama for Unresolved Pain

Using Psychodrama for Unresolved Pain

There may come a time when a group member divulges an unresolved pain and loss, and the here-and-now method is inadequate to heal it. Using their instincts, group members will often stay in an empathic mode with the person. This results in the group spending the entire session trying to soothe the person’s pain and loss, regretfully leading to a lack of deep work. Facing this unique challenge, the leader needs an alternative method to optimize the group functioning, and simultaneously, expediting the healing for the person in pain.

Enter psychodrama.

As a type of experiential therapy, psychodrama uses deep action methods to explore and work through issues identified by clients. Though a full-out psychodrama is best ...

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