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Group Therapy with Addictions and Substance Use Disorders

In this video, you will observe a series of vignettes over many weeks time about a therapy group of people with addiction disorders. many of the patients will have different disorders and will be at different stages of progress, some new to the group, some who have been in the group for some time.

Please watch the 6 vignettes in the video below, demonstrating various group dynamics and group leader interventions. The videos will start from the beginning, so to bypass the “pre-session commentary”, go to the right of the video screen, under “Chapters”, and select “Vignette 1” then “Vignette 2a” and then “Vignettes 2b, 3a, 3b, and 4” respectively.

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Group Therapy for Addictions: A Relapse Prevention Approach – approximately 1 hour and 23 minutes, including the commentary.

What stage of group development (Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing) would you identify was likely the stage for each group vignette?
What main group theme or specific group dynamic did you observe in each vignette?
What did you see as the role of the group leader, and was the leader role group focused, individual focused, or leader focused?
What specific group leader interventions did you observe, i.e. at least one intervention that you noticed in each of the 5 vignettes?
What advantages did you see in the approach of group counseling/therapy with addicted populations? What were are possible disadvantages of this approach?
How well did the group members understand group purposes and task to help each other address their addiction and any related thinking and behaviors?
What might you have done differently if you were the group leader?
Reply to the main posts of at least 2 other students.

Last Updated on March 10, 2020

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