The Group Therapist's Notebook: Homework, Handouts, and Activities for Use in Psychotherapy

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Group work requires facilitators to use different skills than they would use in individual or family therapy. The Group Therapist's Notebook: Homework, Handouts, and Activities for Use in Psychotherapy offers facilitators effective strategies to gather individuals who have their own unique needs together to form a group where each member feels comfortable exploring personal-and often painful-topics. This resource provides creative handouts, homework, and activities along with practical ideas and interventions appropriate fora variety of problems and population types. Each chapter gives detailed easy-to-follow instructions, activity contraindications, and suggestions for tracking the intervention in successive meetings. Every intervention is backed by a theoretical or practical rationale for use, and many chapters feature a helpful illustrative clinical vignette.

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What People Are Saying

Donald E. Ward
EXCELLENT DESCRIPTIONS of highly applicable group activities relevant to a wide range of groups of a wide range of types, from training groups to addictions and grief resolution and support; to working with children, adolescents, and college-age members; and couple and family groups. The descriptions of the activities are detailed, with a sound rationale, and appropriate lists of props and copies of forms. An especially useful element in each description is a section on contraindications of the activity to alert group workers to limitations and potential problems. . . . Students and new professionals will find this notebook VERY VALUABLE, and seasoned group workers will also benefit from this new collection of activities through which to provide increased breadth and depth and additional stimulation into their groups. This book MAKES A SOLID CONTRIBUTION TO THE PRACTICE OF GROUP WORK and to the group members we serve. (Donald E. Ward, PhD, Professor and Chair, Counseling Committee, Department of Psychology and Counseling, Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kansas; Editor, Journal for Specialists in Group Work)
Russell A. Sabella
Includes straightforward and powerful learning activities that can be used in groups that focus on a wide variety of goals. . . . Does an EXCELLENT job . . . providing theoretical insight into respective counseling issues and following up with procedures that take full advantage of group process. I found the activities throughout the book to be relevant across age groups, populations, settings, counseling specialties (e.g., school, mental health, psychology, social work, etc.), and counseling issues. . . . Provides A UNIQUE AND VALUABLE CONTRIBUTION to both the practitioner trainer. . . . Offers the reader a comprehensive compilation of state-of-the-art resources for each counseling issue. If I were to have compiled a notebook of my best activities and resources that have withstood the test of time for conducting group counseling, this would be it. (Russell A. Sabella, PhD, Professor, Florida Gulf Coast University)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789028518
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/28/2007
  • Series: Haworth Practical Practice in Mental Health Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 278
  • Sales rank: 984,999
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

  • About the Editor
  • Contributors
  • Foreword (M. Carolyn Thomas)
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • 1. Turning Group Theory into Group Practice: The Role of the Experiential Component in Group Facilitator Training (Donna Starkey and Laura Simpson)
  • 2. Tips on Running a Group (Christopher M. Faiver)
  • 3. Creating a Disclosure Statement for Group Work: Best Practices in Action (R. Valorie Thomas and Meredith W. Neill)
  • 4. Play Ball! The Name Is the Game (Shirley R. Simon)
  • 5. Learning How to De-Stress (Elwood R. Hamlin II and Michael Kane)
  • 6. The Magic Wand (Shirley R. Simon)
  • 7. Group Sculpting (Elwood R. Hamlin II, Michael Kane, and Dawn Viers)
  • 8. Striving for Meaningfulness and Self-Acceptance: An Existential-Humanistic Group Therapy Activity (Glenn W. Lambie and Shari M. Sias)
  • 9. What’s in a Name? (Paul Springer, George W. Bitar, and Robert Gee III)
  • 10. Behavioral Scaling As a Group-Guided Approach to Self-Management (Nancy G. Calley)
  • 11. Activities for Termination (Randyl D. Smith, Maria T. Riva, and Jeffrey A. Rings)
  • 12. Nine Steps to Anger Management (Floyd F. Robison)
  • 13. A Little Worn and Wrinkled, But Still Valuable (Susan A. Adams)
  • 14. Building a Bridge: An Experiential Group for Adult Survivors of Sexual Abuse (Pat L. Sims, W. Jeff Hinton, Mary Ann Adams, and Charles K. West)
  • 15. Web of Entanglements (Markie Twist)
  • 16. Adult Children of Alcoholics/Children of Alcoholics: Family Description (Shari M. Sias and Glenn W. Lambie)
  • 17. Holding the Weight of Grief at Arm’s Length: Tasks for Resolving Grief (Susan A. Adams)
  • 18. Grief and Loss: Healing Through Group Therapy (Jane Roberts)
  • 19. The How-To-Book: A Model-Driven Process for Group Work with Adolescents (Dave Bryant)
  • 20. How to Be Different and Still Belong (Brigid Noonan)
  • 21. Acting Out: Dramatic Life-Skills Activities (Trey Fitch and Jennifer Marshall)
  • 22. Using Psychoeducational Groups with Latino(a) High School Students (Edil Torres-Rivera and Loan T. Phan)
  • 23. Prompted Feedback to Increase Interpersonal Skill Development (Nancy G. Calley)
  • 24. Crafty Coping: Coping Tools for College Students (Jennifer Marshall and Trey Fitch)
  • 25. A Group Intervention for Athletic Teams (Victoria L. Bacon and Marcia K. Anderson)
  • 26. Make Your Partner Your Friend, Not Your Enemy (Floyd F. Robison)
  • 27. Gender Awareness and Media Messages: An Activity for Couple Therapy (Toni S. Zimmerman, Jennifer L. Krafchick, and Jennifer T. Aberle)
  • 28. Family Mine Field (Dawn Viers)
  • 29. Life’s Not Fair (Aaron Oberman)
  • 30. Eight Days in a Week: Using Calendars in Family Groups (Dawn Viers)
  • 31 Maintaining Stability; Life Cycle Transitions in Families Coping with Childhood Cancer (Jessica A. Russo, Laura Tejada, Randall L. Hilscher, and John J. Zarski)
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included
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    This book provides valuable information for running a group. 

    This book provides valuable information for running a group. 

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