Encounter Groups for Addictions, Volume I - ORGANISATIONAL

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Encounter Groups for Addictions, Volume I: Evolution of the Encounter Group

Encounter groups are at the heart of therapeutic communities. They demonstrate a break from traditional addiction counselling techniques and have been proven to be an effective and important means for change. However, institutional demands including increased paperwork and funding cuts have recently threatened the livelihood of encounter groups. In this DVD series, Rod Mullen creates a strong argument for how and why we need to keep the encounter group thriving. Illustrated with powerful and compelling vignettes from actual encounter groups, these videos explore how encounter groups have evolved, what we can do to improve groups and overcome pitfalls, and what the keys are to leading successful groups.

Mullen explores the evolution of encounter groups beginning with the first groups created by Synanon founder Chuck Dederich in the 1950s. Mullen discusses the essential elements of these first groups including honesty, authenticity and mutual self-help—elements that are still core to encounter groups today. He highlights that although the brutal confrontational style of the first groups have softened, the commitment to hold oneself and other accountable remains central. He also discusses the challenges that face encounter groups and offers guidance on how to work within managed care systems while holding on to the traditions that make encounter groups such an effective means for change.

From watching this video, you'll be able to:

  • Describe the most integral aspects of encounter groups that have remained relevant from the 1950s to the present.
  • Discuss the early history of encounter groups and how they came about.
  • Explain how encounter groups have changed over time, and how changes in the field during the last 20 years have posed significant challenges to running effective encounter groups.


This is an Instructor Version and can be used for groups and training purposes. Comes with Group License only.


About Rod Mullen


Rod Mullen, President and CEO of Amity Foundation, has been working in therapeutic communities since 1967. Rod has written numerous articles and book chapters, produced a number of video projects about therapeutic communities, and presented at numerous state, national and international meetings and conferences.


Dispatched from United Kingdom. International delivery available: Europe (excluding Poland).


Regular Price:
Organisational Training Pack - £99.95

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