Tag Archives: group sessions

Connecting with substance abuse groups

Facilitating substance abuse groups and designing substance abuse worksheets to help the chemically dependent admit that their powerlessness and unmanageability over substances has been the peak experience in my long career as a psychologist. I believe that developing a therapeutic alliance and using effective interventions leads to recovery. I also believe that my personal history […]

Substance Abuse Group Therapy Topics

Treatment of substance abusers is not for sissies. Addressing substance abuse group therapy topics with treatment worksheets can make it easier. Topics for Substance Abuse Groups Relapse Risk Reduction Patterns of Use Attitudes and Substance Abuse Minimization, Denial, and Blame Consequences of Use Countering Disastrous Thinking Lifestyles that Lead to Abuse and Relapse Stages of […]

Effective interventions using substance abuse worksheets

In most human endeavors, some things work and others don’t. Substance abuse worksheets work. In some activities, it doesn’t matter so much what you choose. But in facilitating substance abuse groups, you can gain allies or make enemies by a simple word or two. The old axiom, at least “Do no harm,” applies here: You […]

Worksheets for Abusive Men’s Groups

Worksheets improve your interventions and make your counseling easier. The question of structure vs. spontaneity in running groups is one of the most common issues that therapists face. On the one hand, we want to give batterers opportunities to talk because we know they learn best from one another. On the other hand, time is […]

Counseling in Troubled Times

In this time when people have lost money in their 401Ks and worry about losing their jobs, they get picky about how to spend their money. Counseling is less important than a redo of their spare bedroom for their unemployed son or even a trip to visit their cousins. As a therapist, you see your […]