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.

Writing as a Reflective Practice in Group Counseling

Writing as a Reflective Practice in Group Counseling

Slightly touched upon in Chapter 2, the topic of reflective practice will now gain traction in this chapter, especially the following two types of reflective writing:

  • Member reflective journals
  • Leader narrative session notes

Both types of reflective practice bolster the therapeutic effect of groups, carrying it to a peak without needing extra sessions. This has a great appeal in a time when cost containment has become a major thrust in the health care industry, and we have to conduct groups in briefer time periods.

Leaders’ Reflective Practice

In cultivating our inner leader, we have to consistently engage in reflective practice. This section elaborates how you, as a leader, can use reflective practice ...

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