Spotlight on…Icebreaker as Introduction, Icebreaker as Intervention

This post is courtesy of Alix McMurray, a therapist in Sterling who has keen insight into group facilitation and the complexities involved. Please let us know what you think by adding a comment. No matter how you look at it, everything we do in groups is an act of mindfulness, every intervention or "micro-intervention", an intentional … Continue reading Spotlight on…Icebreaker as Introduction, Icebreaker as Intervention

Spotlight on…the Group Therapist’s Self-Regulation

This post is courtesy of Alix McMurray, a therapist in Sterling who has keen insight into group facilitation and the complexities involved. Please let us know what you think by adding a comment. In trauma informed treatment training, we learn that self-regulation is a gift that keeps on giving.  We model calmness and mindfulness for … Continue reading Spotlight on…the Group Therapist’s Self-Regulation

Spotlight on…Transference and Countertransference in the Group (your reaction to the client’s reaction to you)

This post is courtesy of Alix McMurray, a therapist in Sterling who has keen insight into group facilitation and the complexities involved. Once a month, she will post a spotlight on a particular topic. Please let us know what you think by adding a comment. "Transference" and "countertransference" have become much misunderstood and misrepresented terms … Continue reading Spotlight on…Transference and Countertransference in the Group (your reaction to the client’s reaction to you)

ACTIVITY: Communication Pet Peeves

Purpose: To increase awareness regarding communication pitfalls Materials Needed: Paper and Pens Instructions: Hand each group participant paper and pens. Ask the group to write down a few of their communication pet peeves. By this I mean things about the way people communicate that annoy them. Maybe it’s blaming, interrupting, not listening, etc. Once they … Continue reading ACTIVITY: Communication Pet Peeves

ACTIVITY: THE ROAD TO RELAPSE AND RECIDIVISM – CROSSING THE LINE

Purpose: Relapse prevention Materials needed: Colored yarn, paper and pens Instructions/Steps: Define Relapse (personal line) and Recidivism (legal line).  Each client defines their personal line, along with identifying high risk behaviors/thoughts/feelings leading to relapse – picking their top 5. Place a green piece of yarn on one side of the room, take a few steps … Continue reading ACTIVITY: THE ROAD TO RELAPSE AND RECIDIVISM – CROSSING THE LINE