The Group Leader Personal Qualities Although the attributes of an effective interpersonal process group leader treating substance abuse are not strikingly different from traits needed to work successfully with other client populations, some of the variations in approach make a big difference. For this reason, it is important for group leaders to communicate and share the joy of being alive. In addition, because many clients with substance abuse histories have grown up in homes that provided little protection, safety, and support, the leader should be responsive and affirming, rather than distant or judgmental.
What's a Theoretical Orientation? May 29, By drkkolmes Finding a therapist who is a good match for you can sometimes feel like a very mysterious process. Of course, as in any relationship, some sort of undefinable chemistry is part of what helps you know that you feel good speaking to this person as opposed to someone else.
But then there are other factors such as clinical style and theoretical orientation which both influence how the therapist is going to work with you. Most seeking therapy wind up with someone who was recommended to them by a friend, doctor, or other practitioner.
Few patients actually call up a prospective therapist and ask what clinical theory she uses. One of my passions as a clinician is helping to demystify the therapy process and assisting consumers to become more informed about therapy—both the process and the choices they have.
It is the basic guiding principle in organizing a treatment and wil provide information on how a therapist is likely to interact with you. It is always appropriate to ask a therapist questions about her or his training, experience, and the theoretical orientation s she uses in her work.
Here are some of the more common theoretical orientations which you are likely to encounter, along with descriptions of how they may influence the therapy. A CBT therapist will usually help their client to identify, challenge, and adjust maladaptive beliefs and behaviors.
They will work with a client to identify negative or less-useful automatic thoughts, sometimes using charting tools like Thought Records. This kind of therapy can be more structured and directive and can include homework assignments such as tracking moods, recording thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and even exposing oneself to situations that cause anxiety both in and out of sessions.
The therapist will also teach the client breathing and relaxation techniques that can be practiced in-session, and used out of session. It is not a theoretical orientation, but a treatment approach that you may hear about.
It utlizes bilateral stimulation, usually through eye movements, tapping, or audio stimuli, that is most frequently used to treat trauma, but which can also be used to treat anxiety or other troubling and intrusive thoughts.
The therapist will apply the bilateral stimulation while having a client re-imagine painful or troubling events in her life. The therapist will walk the client through a standard set of questions during the therapy.
Usually the family comes in together, although different subsets of the family may come in seperately or together, over time, in order to improve the overall functioning ofthe family unit.
There are many different models of family therapy that utilize different approaches. The goal of treatment is to decrease distress in the overall family system and improve relationships.
Therapists who practice family therapy are likely to examine different patterns of interaction and invite family members to try new behaviors in order to alter the system.
Therapists who practice feminist therapy will try to create an egalitarian relationship between themselves and their client. Gestalt therapy Gestalt therapydeveloped by Fritz Perls, is an experiential, existential therapy focusing on the present moment and what is perceived and felt.
The therapy helps put clients in touch with their feelings and behaviors and how they affect how a client behaves. There is more focus on process and less focus on content. Humanistic approaches Humanistic therapy tends towards optimism.
The theory is predicated on the belief that people have a natural inclination to strive toward self-fulfillment. Humanistic therapists use open-ended responses, reflective listening and tentative interpretations to help their clients develop self-understanding, acceptance and actualization. Integrative therapy Some therapists will describe their practice as integrative, meaning that they use a number of different theories and interventions with the clients they see.In order to strike this balance you as the group leader will need to communicate effectively with the group.
A ben-eficial framework for giving feedback to the group is the ORAL method, as illustrated below: Group Interventions An intervention in group therapy is an action intended to bring about a change in the group’s focus. It requires the. Practice Guidelines for Group Psychotherapy.
adjusting group interventions in accordance with group leader perceptions of client progress. And four, the leader guides the group to review the respective symptom(s), trauma, or life event which initiated the formation of the group. In this process, members refine or master new coping.
Adlerian Interventions Adler's contributions to mental health included several levels of intervention.
While the art of psychotherapy was his primary work, he also had a major impact on the field of education in efforts to prevent psychological disorders (Adler ).
Transcript of Theories and Techniques of Group Counseling Using Group Techniques Effectively A technique is a leader's explicit and directive request of a member for the purpose of focusing on material, augmenting or exaggerating affect, practicing behavior, or consolidating insight and new learning.
If you were asked in a job interview to concisely state your theoretical orientation that guides the interventions you make as a group leader, what would you say? What is the difference between thoughts and schemas? Establishing a theoretical orientation as a counselor is vital in working with clients in the mental health profession.
This is common knowledge in the field because any well-grounded professional needs a basis by which to operate.