Encounter Groups for Addictions, Volume III: Keys to Fostering Growth
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 discusses several key components to fostering growth and change in groups. He first explores the “marathon group” and how these day or weeklong sessions can bring participants into deeper understanding of themselves and what they need to change. He then discusses the importance of moral growth and ways in which facilitators can lead groups that foster moral growth by providing credible role models, healthy levels of conflict, role-reversal, and the teaching of responsibility. Finally, Mullen discusses the prevalence of PTSD among addicts and how encounter groups offer opportunities to heal from childhood abuse.
From watching this video, you'll be able to discuss:
- Describe ways marathon groups differ from regular encounter groups, the importance of them for group members, and different possibilities for doing them today.
- Discuss the conditions a facilitator must create to foster moral growth within group members.
- Explain how PTSD increases a person’s risk for abusing drugs, and how trauma can be worked through in encounter groups.
This is an Instructor Version and can be used for groups and training purposes. Comes with Group License only.
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.
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