Group Exercises for Addiction Counseling

Group Exercises for Addiction Counseling

Group Exercises for Addiction Counseling

Group Exercises for Addiction Counseling

Excerpt

This workbook evolved from a dinner conversation with an experienced addictions counselor years ago who said, “This is a book [a workbook on group counseling] that needs to be written for addiction counselors.” I remembered these words of Jane Albers, whom I respect and care for both personally and professionally. It felt like this book came full circle when she agreed to be a reviewer of it.

I have always drawn on my personal experiences, as a group member in group counseling, to remind me of the importance of a leader providing care, respect, and honesty to clients and creating an atmosphere in a group that is conducive to those factors. I was blessed to have those experiences as a client where group leaders and fellow group members helped me learn, in a supportive community, about my blind and hidden spots that were causing me problems in living.

Since I began working as a mental health professional in 1976, I have been involved in group work. As a counselor, I found it fascinating and powerful and have tried to incorporate it into every professional job I have had. In my Master’s degree . . .

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