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.

Skills of Termination: Completing the Cycle

Skills of Termination: Completing the Cycle

The termination stage is to a group as the golden years are to a person. Although a theme of loss and grief (Beck, 1996; Lacoursiere, 1980) weaves through this stage, a beginning of a new journey also awaits ahead. To prepare for the new journey, leaders need to continue instilling a sense of hope, competency, direction, and self-identity.

This chapter presents the leadership skills needed to ensure a sense of closure for the group and a vision of continual growth after termination.

Dealing With Uncommon Termination

While most groups commonly end in an expected timeframe, some will see one member leave at an earlier time, while in others, a member may drop out unannounced. This section ...

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