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Group Activities for Families in Recovery



February 2013 | 256 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Group leaders and therapists are often looking for tried and tested activities to engage members of the group. This book offers therapists a wealth of activities to help families struggling with addiction address problem areas of functioning. The book came out of the authorsÆ work in a family-oriented substance abuse programs where group therapy is a key component of treatment. It contains a collection of group activities that are useful for helping families shift from dysfunctional patterns to healthy living. The book starts with a brief overview of the issues in working with a systemic family therapy perspective of addiction. This is followed by a discussion of practical guidelines for working with families in groups. The last of the three introductory chapters discuss how to utilize the exercise in this book. The collection of 30 activities are the core of the book and are suitable for a variety of family-oriented substance abuse treatment groups. They are divided into 6 sections covering the key issues of 1. Family Structure 2. Family identity 3. Sober Fun 4.Toward Health 5.Anger management and 6. Healthy Communication. The activities are varied and include topics presented through expressive arts (drawing, writing, acting), game-playing, problem solving+ enactments, work-sheets and role plays. The activities were developed for the family group component a substance abuse treatment program and can stand alone as a 16 week (or longer) program. The lessons can be used individually or can be incorporated into another program. The activities can be adapted for use in groups where children or present, or for adult-family groups.
 
Part 1: Introduction
Whole and Parts

 
Origins

 
Assumption

 
Everyone is impacted

 
Learn from listening and watching

 
Child Focus

 
Healthy caring not enabling

 
Families and Substance Abuse – A Brief Overview

 
Roles

 
Rules

 
Boundaries

 
Family ‘Esprit de Corps’ (collective 'sense of self')

 
 
Part 2: Structure of Family Group For Families With Substance Abuse
Structure

 
Recruitment

 
Dual diagnosis

 
Session length

 
Screening

 
Process and Structure of Therapy

 
Avoiding resistance

 
Locus of control from external to internal

 
Confidentiality, legal and ethical issues

 
Working With Expressive Arts

 
Working With Blended and Diverse Families

 
Group leadership

 
Interns

 
 
Part 3: The Curriculum
 
Curriculum Section 1: Family Structure
1-1 Family Roles

 
1-2 Impact of Addiction on Family

 
1-3 How We Experience our Family

 
1-4 Family Cycles & History

 
 
Curriculum Section 2: Family Identity
2-1 Family Identity I: Who We Think We Are

 
2-2 Family Identity II: Structure

 
2-3 Family Identity III: Who We Feel We Are

 
2-4 Family Drawing

 
 
Curriculum Section 3: Sober Fun
3-1 Family Fun

 
3-2 Playing Together

 
 
Curriculum Section 4: Towards Health
4-1 Healthy Helping

 
4-2 Doing It Differently

 
4-3 Relationships I – Healthy or Unhealthy?

 
4-4 Relationships II – Choosing a Relationship

 
4-5 Relationships III – Stages In Relationships

 
4-6 Private or Secret?

 
4-7 Families in Recovery I

 
4-8 Families In Recovery II

 
4-9 Healing Families

 
4-10 What Could Be Better?

 
4-11 Rebuilding Trust

 
4-12 Building Life-Long, Healthy Supports I

 
4-13 Building Life-Long, Healthy Supports II

 
4-14 Spirituality

 
4-15 Rules in Families

 
 
Curriculum Section 5: Anger
5-1 Anger in My Family

 
5-2 Strategies to Manage Anger

 
5-3 Conflict in My Family

 
5-4 Making Arguing Work

 
 
Curriculum Section 6: Communication
6-1 Working Together

 
6-2 Assertive Communication

 
6-3 What We Haven’t Said

 
6-4 Our Different Experiences

 
6-5 Do You Hear Me?

 
6-6 We Are Grateful

 
6-7 Resentments – Taking Back the Power

 
 
Curriculum Section 7: Parenting
7-1 When Daddy Drinks

 
7-2 What About the Kids?

 
7-3 What Do We Tell the Kids?

 
7-4 Consequence With Empathy

 

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