This book provides readers with direction on how to organize psychoeducational groups while also helping them enhance skills for effectively leading such groups—all in one comprehensive volume! Offering an applied, pragmatic approach, author Janice L. DeLucia-Waack uniquely integrates research and practice to suggest valuable leadership strategies while addressing special issues such as children of divorce, anger management, bullying behaviors, and much more.
Chapter 4: Group Leadership Skills for Psychoeducational Groups
Group Leadership Skills for Psychoeducational Groups
When group leaders employ a given intervention during the course of a group session, there is the implicit assumption that their behavior will have a positive impact on individual members and/or on the group processes and outcomes. There is a significant amount of research on the development of therapeutic factors in groups and their relationship to group effectiveness. Following from the theoretical question of what combination of therapeutic factors facilitates effective group work is the logical extension, What leadership behaviors facilitate the creation of therapeutic factors that in turn facilitate client change and growth? Riva et al. (2004) suggested that “an essential component related to the effectiveness of therapeutic groups is the leadership. The ...