Encounter Groups for Addictions, Volume II: Pitfalls & Solutions
Encounter groups are at the heart of therapeutic communities. They demonstrate a break from traditional addiction counselling techniques and have been proven to be an effective and important means for change. However, institutional demands including increased paperwork and funding cuts have recently threatened the livelihood of encounter groups. In this DVD series, Rod Mullen creates a strong argument for how and why we need to keep the encounter group thriving. Illustrated with powerful and compelling vignettes from actual encounter groups, these videos explore how encounter groups have evolved, what we can do to improve groups and overcome pitfalls, and what the keys are to leading successful groups.
Mullen walks us through several groups to show us what works and what does not work when facilitating an encounter group. He warns us of several traps facilitators can fall into: dominating the group, getting into power struggles, not being prepared or knowing the group members, and leading groups that are too large and don’t go deep enough. Through numerous vignettes, he illustrates solutions to these common problems, and offers words of experience and wisdom to the encounter group facilitator: know your people, be prepared, get feedback, and listen, listen, listen!
From watching this video, you'll be able to:
- Implement strategies for breaking the we/they dichotomy between staff and group members.
- Explain why it is important for a facilitator to know the members of his or her group and what the dangers are if they don't.
- Compare the differences between large and small groups, the effectiveness of both, and ways to make them each work.
This is an Instructor Version and can be used for groups and training purposes. Comes with Group License only.
Rod Mullen, President and CEO of Amity Foundation, has been working in therapeutic communities since 1967. Rod has written numerous articles and book chapters, produced a number of video projects about therapeutic communities, and presented at numerous state, national and international meetings and conferences.
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Organisational Training Pack - £99.95