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Structured Exercises for Promoting Family and Group Strengths : A Handbook for Group Leaders, Trainers, Educators, Counselors, and Therapists - Terry S. Trepper

Structured Exercises for Promoting Family and Group Strengths

A Handbook for Group Leaders, Trainers, Educators, Counselors, and Therapists

Paperback Published: 17th March 1997
ISBN: 9780789002242
Number Of Pages: 326

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This handbook for professionals presents an array of techniques for teaching and reinforcing social skills for successful relationships. It contains over 70 new structured exercises that can be used to help individuals, dyads, families, and groups become happier in their relationships. The exercises come complete with step-by-step instructions for easy use. Structured Exercises for Promoting Family and Group Strengths is a goldmine of resources for group leaders and counselors. You can use it in planning and conducting workshops and retreats or for working with individuals or families in counseling. The book saves you time and energy as each exercise is accompanied by suggestions for procedures, variations, and trainer's notes. The exercises, which have all been field tested with a variety of audiences, are grouped into six broad categories: Icebreakers introduce people to the subject of group dynamics and to each other in a workshop setting.Assessors help people assess relationships and gain insight for constructive change.Dyad/couple discussion starters facilitate communication and open dialogue for dyads who find themselves in dysfunctional situations.Group/family discussion starters strengthen communication within groups or families and increase understanding of how the group functions.Enhancers aid in the development of positive regard of self and others.Energizers perk up the group or family when fatigue occurs.The exercises provide an experiential approach to learning in which each participant is actively and creatively involved. Readers will find that these relationship-enhancing exercises offer a catalyst for dramatic change in the lives of individuals, dyads, families, and groups. Structured Exercises for Promoting Family and Group Strengths is a valuable sourcebook of ideas for use by persons in the helping professions, including counselors, psychologists, marriage and family therapists, social workers, chaplains, corrections officers, and educators.

Introductionp. 1
A Guide for Using This Handbookp. 3
How Perceptive Are You?p. 11
My Famous Personp. 17
A Positive Beginningp. 19
The Beauty of Othersp. 21
Getting to the Root!p. 23
Initial Feelingsp. 27
Are You More Like ...p. 31
Introductions Through Movementsp. 35
What I Did Wellp. 39
Mirroring Yourself to Othersp. 41
Cheers!p. 45
Life Crestp. 49
Fishbowlp. 57
Charting Your Actionsp. 63
Relationship Value Profilep. 67
Dyad Assessment: Accelerator and Brakep. 71
Dyadic Sexual Satisfaction Inventoryp. 77
Fighting Patternsp. 81
What Is Important?p. 87
Taking Your Vital Signsp. 89
Strikes, Spares, Splits, and Gutterballsp. 93
Let's Make a Picturep. 99
Dyad Formatp. 107
Relationship Patterns from Family of Originp. 111
Circle of Powerp. 117
Dyad Dialoguep. 121
Turning a Quiet Trickp. 125
The Song of Relationshipsp. 127
Sexual Myth Deflator Exercisep. 131
Close Encountersp. 135
Dreamingp. 137
Say It Softly So I Can Hear Youp. 141
Quiet Reflectionsp. 143
Wisdom of the Agedp. 145
Why Do I Love You?p. 149
Backtrackingp. 155
Teaching Picturesp. 159
Rulesp. 167
Mixerp. 173
Working Toward a Goal: The Processesp. 177
Blending Togetherp. 181
Relationship Myth Deflator Exercisep. 185
Family/Group Self-Revelation Cardsp. 189
Sorting Out Prioritiesp. 193
New Traditionsp. 197
Wants!p. 201
Promoting Intimacyp. 205
A Moment for Planningp. 211
Story Writingp. 213
Alternatives Searchp. 215
What I Meant Was ...p. 217
The Huntp. 219
Rainbow of Feelingsp. 225
Signals Bingop. 229
Facial Massagep. 235
Positive Affirmationp. 239
Leisure Coat of Armsp. 245
If I Could, I Would ...p. 249
Treasure Boxp. 255
Connectionsp. 257
Magic Box: Increasing Leisure Activitiesp. 259
If I Had a Hammer, I'd Hammerp. 261
Choicesp. 263
Ways I Want to Growp. 269
Look Alikep. 273
The Timer Methodp. 277
Values for All Humankindp. 283
Four Cornersp. 285
Expanding Skills: Personal Growthp. 289
Repertoire of Songsp. 291
What Kind of Person Are You?p. 293
Future Contributorsp. 297
Name Indexp. 299
Subject Indexp. 301
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ISBN: 9780789002242
ISBN-10: 0789002248
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 326
Published: 17th March 1997
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.48
Edition Number: 1

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