Creative Activities for Group Therapy
Routledge – 2013 – 304 pages
Leading a group is a delicate balancing act of tasks and dynamic group and individual factors, and the group leader’s expertise and skill are fundamental to maintaining this balance. However, no matter how competent and well-prepared the group leader is, there can be situations that present challenges that are not easily addressed, defy conventional interventions, or call for a different approach. The material presented in this book is intended to give group leaders evidence-based creative and inspirational tools, techniques, intervention strategies, and the like to address these dilemmas and difficult situations. They can also enhance members’ growth and development, stimulate self-exploration, assist to soothe and calm, and deepen and broaden thoughts and feelings. The creative activities included were selected because they do not require specialized training, are easy to implement, do not follow a particular theoretical perspective, and can be effective for both the individual and group as a whole. The major categories of expressive processes presented are fairy tales; drawing; writing; imagery and mindfulness; music; movement, exercise, dance, drama, and role play; and collage, flats, and scrapbooks. Each chapter will focus on one of these activities and is designed so that they can be completed in one session. The closing chapters will present applications for member’s concerns, group level challenges, and case examples of group dilemmas and suggested activities to address them.
"Dr. Brown provides an unequaled plethora of possible activities in one source to enhance the effectiveness of all types of psychotherapy groups and to creatively tackle group dilemmas. The comprehensiveness of this volume will contribute to the teaching of group leadership skills in many types of courses and workshops." - Hylene S. Dublin, LCSW, BCD, CGP, Life Fellow, American Group Psychotherapy Association; Visiting Professor, Institute for Clinical Social Work, Chicago, Illinois
"This is such a great book on how to DO group therapy. It is clear concise and most of all, complete. Many people, therapists and patients alike, will benefit from its reading and rereading. I wish I'd had this book 25 yrs ago and am especially glad to see it now. Dr. Brown has set a new standard for the teaching of Group therapy." - H. Cooke Read, LCSW, psychotherapist in private practice, Durham, NC; 20+ year member of the National Registry of Certified Group Psychotherapists
Creative Activities in Group Therapy. Ethical Considerations. The Group Leader’s Preparation. Group Dynamics, Group Stages, and Therapeutic Factors. Cultural and Diversity Sensitivity. Procedures and Process for Use of Creative Activities. General Guidelines for Use of Creative Activities. Fairy Tales. Member-Focused Drawing Activities. Group-Focused Drawing Activities. Writing Activities. Poetry, Cinquains, Haiku. Single Session Writing Activities. Journaling. Imagery. Mindfulness and Music. Movement: Dance and Exercise. Movement: Performance Activities. Collage. Melange: ATCs, Flats, Scrapbooking. Applications: Member Concerns. Group Level Challenges. Group Dilemma Cases and Creative Activities.
Nina W. Brown, EdD, LPC, FAGPA, is Professor and Eminent Scholar of Counseling at Old Dominion University. She is a Fellow of the American Group Psychotherapy Association and the author of 21 published books.