Encounter Groups for Addictions, Volume III: Keys to Fostering Growth
by Rod Mullen
Learn the key skills of fostering growth and change in encounter groups.
In the final volume of this 3-video series, Rod Mullen discusses several key components to fostering growth and change in groups. He first explores the “marathon group” and how these day or week-long sessions can bring participants into deeper understanding of themselves and what they need to change. He then discusses the importance of moral growth and ways in which facilitators can lead groups that foster moral growth by providing credible role models, healthy levels of conflict, role-reversal, and the teaching of responsibility. Finally, Mullen discusses the prevalence of PTSD among addicts and how encounter groups offer opportunities to heal from childhood abuse.

What therapists are saying…

"Thank you for offering Rod Mullen's DVD 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 DVDs 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
"Congratulations to Rod Mullen and George DeLeon for these two excellent DVD series, Encounter Groups for Addictions and The Therapeutic Community. These are essential training resources that provide valuable lessons to help guide treatment professionals in the substance abuse field."

-- Shaamiel Davids, PhD - Director, Western Cape Therapeutic Community Centre
In Depth
From watching this video, you'll be able to discuss:

• Describe ways marathon groups differ from regular encounter groups, the importance of them for group members, and different possibilities for doing them today.
• Discuss the conditions a facilitator must create to foster moral growth within group members.
• Explain how PTSD increases a person’s risk for abusing drugs, and how trauma can be worked through in encounter groups.

Length of video: 1:16:00

English subtitles available

Group ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-165-8

Group ISBN-13 #: 978-1-60124-165-8

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.
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