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Group Activities for Families in Recovery



December 2012 | 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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Marjorie Joan Zimmerman

M. Joan Zimmerman, MA, LMFT, LCAS, has been working with substance abuse and families for nine years. Until recently, she supervised the Family Solutions substance abuse treatment program. This program was specifically designed to work with families with substance abuse. She was involved in initially designing the program, with broad input from a variety of community members and agencies, and has consistently led weekly Family Groups for the families the program works with. Currently, she is in private practice and teaches in the Human and Psychological Counseling department at Appalachian State University. She is a licensed Marriage and... More About Author

Jon Louis Winek

Jon L. Winek, PhD, LMFT, LPC, currently directs the Marriage and Family Therapy program at Appalachian State University, where he has been teaching since 1993. He has been involved with the theoretical development of the treatment program at Family Solutions, and continues to provide ongoing clinical supervision to the staff. He is the author of the DVD series, Systemic Family Therapy: From Theory to Practice, as well numerous book chapters and journal articles. More About Author

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