Group Facilitation in IPT-G
This section describes a number of basic group facilitation techniques that are available to the IPT-G therapist. The group therapist will need to decide when it is appropriate to use these techniques based on such factors as the stage of group, member readiness, and problem area(s). What makes IPT-G distinct is not the use of these standard group interventions but, rather, the strategies involved in addressing each of the four problem areas. Note that many of the examples involve bringing in group members to address the problematic issue in question.
Keeping a focus on current interpersonal relationships is the unifying theme throughout the intermediate sessions. The group therapist must constantly keep in mind each member's problem area and associated goals. Sessions do not pass without reference to these goals. The target goals form (see Table 3.3 in Chapter 3), which provides a concise summary of the goals, can be reviewed regularly before