Encounter Groups for Addictions (3-Video Series)
Illustrated with powerful and compelling vignettes from actual encounter groups, these videos explore how encounter groups have evolved, what we can do to improve groups and overcome pitfalls, and what the keys are to leading successful groups.
Encounter groups are at the heart of therapeutic communities. They demonstrate a break from traditional addiction counseling techniques and have been proven to be an effective and important means for change. However, institutional demands including increased paperwork and funding cuts have recently threatened the livelihood of encounter groups. In this video series, Rod Mullen creates a strong argument for how and why we need to keep the encounter group thriving. Illustrated with powerful and compelling vignettes from actual encounter groups, these videos explore how encounter groups have evolved, what we can do to improve groups and overcome pitfalls, and what the keys are to leading successful groups.

What therapists are saying…

"Thank you for offering Rod Mullen's video series on Encounter Groups. These media are a one-of-a-kind opportunity for viewers to observe the 'life' of a group and the transforming power of an effectively-facilitated encounter group. The videos present a spectrum of groups -from those that do not work to those that do- and are outstanding reference points for master clinicians and novices alike. I have used the videos to great effect in Master's Level Counseling courses, as well as in certified substance abuse counselor training, and highly recommend them."

-- Jonathan Porteus, PhD, Director of Clinical Services, The Effort, Inc. Sacramento, CA
"I use both the Encounter Groups for Addictions and The Therapeutic Community videos as part of our training package. What I like best about both series is the time spent on understanding the underpinnings of our clinical work. That focus allows skilled helpers coming into the field to both understand the origin and the evolution of our work with residents in treatment. I highly recommend these training series for all levels of practitioners."

-- Bob Neri, Chief Clinical Officer, Westcare
In Depth
Specs
Bios
CE Test
  • Describe the integral elements of encounter groups that have remained unchanged since the 1950s, and significant ways that encounter groups have changed.
  • Implement strategies for running effective encounter groups and overcoming impasses.
  • Discuss the keys to running marathon groups, fostering moral growth within groups, and working through trauma in groups.

Length of Series: 3:35:00

Number of Discs: 3

English subtitles available on: Stream

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Rod Mullen, President and CEO of Amity Foundation, has been working in therapeutic communities since 1967. Rod has written numerous articles and book chapters, produced a number of video projects about therapeutic communities, and presented at numerous state, national and international meetings and conferences.

CE credits: 5

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the integral elements of encounter groups that have remained unchanged since the 1950s, and significant ways that encounter groups have changed.
  • Implement strategies for running effective encounter groups and overcoming impasses.
  • Discuss the keys to running marathon groups, fostering moral growth within groups, and working through trauma in groups.
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