Group Exercises for Addiction Counseling

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-03-06
  • Publisher: Wiley

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Created to meet the unique needs of addiction professionals, this practical resource offers suggestions for effectively using activities in groups. It addresses common issues counselors frequently need to discuss with clients and provides an array of "tried and true" techniques and exercises designed to help clients develop interpersonal relationship skills and the individual awareness needed to make responsible choices. The accompanying CD-ROM contains all the exercises allowing therapists to customize them to fit their needs.

Author Biography

Geri Miller, PhD, Diplomate in Counseling Psychology, ABPP, is a Full Professor in the Department of Human Development and Psychological Counseling at Appalachian State University. She is a Licensed Psychologist, a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist, and a Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board-Certified Clinical Supervisor. She is a Disaster Mental Health Worker with the American Red Cross and has responded to local, state, and national disasters. The author of four books, including Learning the Language of Addiction Counseling, Third Edition (Wiley), Dr. Miller was awarded the 2009 Ella Stephens Barrett Award for excellence in professional leadership, the most coveted honor bestowed by the North Carolina Counseling Association.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Personal Reflectionsp. 1
Main Section Pointsp. 2
Overviewp. 3
Philosophy and Practice of Group Workp. 11
Personal Reflectionsp. 11
Philosophy of Group Therapyp. 13
Types of Groupsp. 14
Stages of Group Developmentp. 23
Stage 1p. 23
Stage 2p. 25
Stage 3p. 27
Stage 4p. 28
Group Leader Techniquesp. 28
Specific Issuesp. 32
Therapist Self-Carep. 35
Words to the Wisep. 38
Developing an Addictions Counseling Groupp. 38
Handling Stage 2 Confrontations of the Leaderp. 41
Addressing Specific Addiction Issuesp. 42
Developing Group Member Awarenessp. 43
Referencesp. 45
Group Exercisesp. 47
Icebreakersp. 49
Addiction Recoveryp. 58
Family/Relationships/Culturep. 79
Familyp. 80
Relationshipsp. 85
Culturep. 87
Feelings Explorationp. 88
Group Community Buildingp. 96
Self-Esteemp. 102
Recovery Skills: Communication/ Mindfulness/Problem Solvingp. 105
Communicationp. 105
Mindfulnessp. 106
Problem Solvingp. 107
Valuesp. 109
Openersp. 112
Opening Statementsp. 112
General Opening Activitiesp. 112
Specific Opening Activitiesp. 113
Closersp. 115
Closing Statementsp. 115
General Closing Activitiesp. 116
Specific Closing Activitiesp. 117
Resourcesp. 121
Readingsp. 121
Workbooks/Exercisesp. 122
Icebreaker Exercisesp. 126
Websitesp. 126
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