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Your Client Needs A Group — Can You Handle It?
(Part 2 of 2)
Bet MacArthur, LICSW
Part 1 of this article appeared in the April issue of FOCUS. It discussed therapist resistances to making group treatment referrals; identification of clients needing referral to group treatment; types of groups; and how to locate therapy groups for clients in need.
Which Group? Continued.
To find group resources, Massachusetts’ chapter of NASW is home to our premier Social Work Therapy Referral Service, which offers group therapy resources of many kinds. And with a membership of over 8,000 social workers, Massachusetts NASW is also home to a great number of skilled group therapy supervisors, trainers and academic leaders.
Through the Chapter’s bi-annual State-wide Social Work Symposium and other CEU programs, NASW offers training in group topics as well as exposure to a variety of therapeutic group modalities.
Many of NASW’s group therapists are also leaders and members at the independent Northeastern Society for Group Psychotherapy (NSGP), a flagship organization affiliated with the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA).
NSGP’s annual conference is attended by specialists from all over the world, and is open to all clinicians, whether or not you provide group treatment. It is an ideal place to go to get a feel for the power of group treatment in its many forms.
Most important: you do not have to be a group therapist to be in need of important expertise in how group treatment should be helping you and your clients meet their treatment goals...
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- Preparing your client for group.
- Client Goals
- Public Perceptions
- Client resistance