Group therapy has long been a recognized mode of therapeutic treatment for a number of conditions and areas of struggle. The benefits of group include learning to work within a system of either familiar people (including relatives or co-workers) or complete strangers with whom you share a common struggle or condition. Typically, the modules run for a given number of sessions and the information presented may be offered in a structured format, or it may have a loose “skeleton” framework and be more open-ended in nature.
Topics which may open wounds or shake loose old, ‘buried stuff’, are handled with sensitivity and time to process what is being experienced by the individuals involved. I have led groups with families who have lost a child, those who have a family member (typically a child) with a chronic illness or emotional and behavioral challenges, those with a family member recovering from a long-term condition, and groups of those who have suffered loss (bereavement groups).
I prefer using the “Closed group” model because it builds and protects a sense of cohesion and support in which each member can build an expectation of participation and attendance from those with whom they are sharing a small part of their journey. The modules I have developed can be used for family systems or community groups.
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