Week 3 _ Assignment: Analyzing Group Techniques

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Interpersonal Group Therapy for Addiction Recovery Demonstration
A demonstration of interpersonal group therapy for clients in recovery from addiction. Powerful drama combined with expert commentary to show how this model of relapse prevention can be effective in the field of addiction.

this training aid was developed to help
address the clear gap in education and
skills evidence in the field of
substance misuse treatment one of the
main ways people suffering from
addiction problems are offered support
is through some form of activity in
groups however professionals who lead
these groups all too often don’t have a
framework to understand how best to use
groups there is an absence of a
theoretical model and a lack of
understanding of what is likely to be
helpful in a group what you see
presented here is influenced strongly by
the work of Ervin yalom and Phillip
Flores who have both written extensively
on this topic here and have gotten I
need to point to the grade
Jimmy could you go on please it’s my mum
she died last year
are you still
it’s too careful
there’s the have to keep I just have to
give her a medication stop her from
being in pain
but used to steal them steal them just
for for a hit
thanks for sharing that Jimmy that’s
pretty big stuff
we’ve all got secrets me I’ve done stuff
I’m not proud of it’s not just shooting
me I was using none of my family riding
might include me except for my granddad
he’s the only one I had in contact with
it’s pretty old oh you just sent me down
to the post office to get his pension
every week and I used to make the money
because I need it to use it’s just money
this is medication medication that
actually stopped her from being in pain
I’ve stolen for my family might not be
the same circumstances
I could certainly relate to the feelings
of shame and guilt
how did she cope to me drugs heroin meth
just anything my addiction takes us
Jimmy Jimmy this is really pretty to
bring this degree Jimmy do you think you
could let the group know what it is
about the group today that’s allowed you
to share this yeah but I am
Gemma she got one revolt like real
vulnerable like I just felt closer to
her really close
I’m wondering if you answered my
question there was it do you think about
this from that let me share that I don’t
know really
maybe the traps sort of trust them no no
no you know the real me Jimmy it sounds
like you’ve been holding this in
requital for quite a while
what were you worried about what were
you frightened about if you told the
group about this what’s afraid of who’s
gonna respect someone like me who’s
gonna respect someone that steals
medication of their mum doesn’t change
the way I feel about you
that took a lot that’s what you just
done I could never do that
it’s really great
just remember those in you Jimmy has the
Edit Jimmy do me I just had to see it
was great that you managed to get it out
there during this process Jimmy is
clearly sitting in a lot of discomfort
and when he finally speaks the rest of
the group appeared to detect this and
give a rapt attention it’s clear
something different is going on now
disclosures such as Jimmy’s can be
fairly common in addiction support
groups when there’s enough cohesiveness
in the group and readiness in the
individual to disclose there can’t be
very powerful agents of change for a
number of reasons but should never be
forced some clients get the message from
certain treatment philosophies that
you’re only as sick as your secrets or
that unless you expose your shame it
will eat you up and sabotage your
recovery there’s absolutely no evidence
to support either of these views however
if when people are ready to disclose
shameful aspects of themselves
it gives a clear message of trust which
almost always brings the group members
closer together by giving others
permission to take risks and make
further disclosures themselves there are
a number of benefits for the group and
for the individual in this as other
group members identify with Jimmy they
also are taking risks and exposing their
vulnerability entering into the circle
of trust with him however Jimmy seems
too wrapped up in his remorse to receive
the gifts offered to him at first but
the communication clearly takes the
group to a much deeper and more involved
level of interaction than previously
even mark shows some interpersonal
sensitivity with his identification
rather than focusing historically on the
content of the disclosure as Nathan does
Jax takes the opportunity to stimulates
the second stage of interpersonal
learning in the here-and-now after the
first stage a genuine emotionally Laden
inter personal experience has occurred
the therapist has the opportunity to
help the group illuminate the process in
this case
Jax invites what we might call a meta
disclosure a disclosure about the
disclosure pointing the group into the
here and now inviting them to explore
what the event said about the
relationships between the people in the
group by asking what allowed him to
share his story Jim is able to highlight
how another member of the group has
affected him and how he feels towards
them as a result Jax probes further and
Jimmy is able to highlight how he’s
developed trust with the members of the
group this will have a tangible effect
on the relationships with the other
members and on the group as a whole but
by saying now you all know the real me
Jimmy betrays continued feelings of
so Tim offers another classic
intervention designed to elicit further
meta disclosure by asking what he was
afraid would happen if he shared this
Jimmy’s been able to identify the root
of his shame in the group that people
would reject him and disrespect him this
reveals an even deeper level of intimacy
as he shares his fears
however the fear catastrophe doesn’t
occur people are quite clear that on the
contrary rather than looking down on him
for his past actions they admire and
respect his current honesty and courage
when someone realizes that they are not
judged by others about historical
actions which they judge themselves it
can be a great help to that person to
give up their self judgement and put
those events in the past
Assignment: Analyzing Group Techniques
Group therapy can alleviate feelings of isolation and foster a supportive and collaborative environment for sharing difficult feelings in order to facilitate healing. For many people, being part of a group that has a shared understanding of a struggle provides a unique opportunity to gain understanding of their own experiences.
As you examine one of the group therapy demonstrations from this week’s Learning Resources, consider the role and efficacy of the leader and the reasons that specific therapeutic techniques were selected.
To prepare:
· Select one of the group therapy video demonstrations from this week’s required media Learning Resources. (See Transcript – attached and video link below)

INSTRUCTIONS – The Assignment
In a 4- to 5 page paper, identify the video you selected and address the following:
· What group therapy techniques were demonstrated? How well do you believe these techniques were demonstrated?
· What evidence from the literature supports the techniques demonstrated?
· What did you notice that the therapist did well?
· Explain something that you would have handled differently.
· What is an insight that you gained from watching the therapist handle the group therapy?
· Now imagine you are leading your own group session. How would you go about handling a difficult situation with a disruptive group member?How would you elicit participation in your group? What would you anticipate finding in the different phases of group therapy? What do you see as the benefits and challenges of group therapy?
· Support your reasoning with at least three peer-reviewed, evidence-based sources, and explain why each of your supporting sources is considered scholarly. Attach the PDFs of your sources.
The School of Nursing requires that all papers submitted include a title page, introduction, summary, and references. APA 7 Format

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