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ERIC Number: ED440349
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Change through Group Work.
McAllan, Les; Friedman, Amy; Spears, Evans
Perhaps the most well known treatment modalities in the field of prevention and treatment of addiction are groups. Group settings serve to bring individuals with addictions together at one time in one place to work on relevant issues together. Groups may serve as a safe environment for learning new social and relationship skills, gaining information about a variety of addiction issues and coping strategies, and learning how to give and accept support. Groups may also provide options for persons struggling with addictive behaviors to find new friends and leave behind older, less supportive social environments. For clients with substance abuse problems, recovery is affected and correlates with success in interpersonal relationships and quality of social skills. Two common goals among most group approaches are the encouragement of taking personal responsibility for one's life and the creation of social environments that support personal empowerment. This paper reviews five major theoretical approaches that involve extensive use of group therapy. It introduces the therapeutic aspects of groups in relationship to empowerment, and presents the nature and history of current group therapy, as well as some of the research on the efficacy of groups in the addiction field. Professional and ethical considerations for the beginning counselor are also identified. Also included is a facilitator's manual which is a practical guide for teaching content through guided experiential projects. Five student activities are provided. (Contains 34 references.) (MKA)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Guides - Non-Classroom; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A