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Structured Exercises for Promoting Family and Group Strengths
A Handbook for Group Leaders, Trainers, Educators, Counselors, and Therapists

ISBN 9780789002242
Published March 17, 1997 by Routledge
326 Pages

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Book Description

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.<

Table of Contents


  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • A Guide for Using This Handbook
  • Section One: Ice Breakers
  • How Perceptive Are You?
  • My Famous Person
  • A Positive Beginning
  • The Beauty of Others
  • Getting to the Root!
  • Initial Feelings
  • Are You More Like . . .
  • Introductions Through Movements
  • What I Did Well
  • Mirroring Yourself to Others
  • Cheers!
  • Life Crest
  • Section Two: Assessors
  • Fishbowl
  • Charting Your Actions
  • Relationship Value Profile
  • Dyad Assessment: Accelerator and Brake
  • Dyadic Sexual Satisfaction Inventory
  • Fighting Patterns
  • What Is Important
  • Taking Your Vital Signs
  • Strikes, Spares, Splits, and Gutterballs
  • Let's Make a Picture
  • Section Three: Dyad/Couple Discussion Starters
  • Dyad Format
  • Relationship Patterns from Family of Origin
  • Circle of Power
  • Dyad Dialogue
  • Turning a Quiet Trick
  • The Song of Relationships
  • Sexual Myth Deflator Exercise
  • Close Encounters
  • Dreaming
  • Say It Softly So I Can Hear You
  • Quiet Reflections
  • Wisdom of the Aged
  • Why Do I Love You?
  • Section Four: Family/Group Discussion Starters
  • Backtracking
  • Teaching Pictures
  • Rules
  • Mixer
  • Working Toward a Goal: The Processes
  • Blending Together
  • Relationship Myth Deflator Exercise
  • Family/Group Self-Revelation Cards
  • Sorting Out Priorities
  • New Traditions
  • Wants!
  • Promoting Intimacy
  • A Moment for Planning
  • Story Writing
  • Alternatives Search
  • What I Meant Was . . .
  • The Hunt
  • Section Five: Enhancers
  • Rainbow of Feelings
  • Signals Bingo
  • Facial Massage
  • Positive Affirmation
  • Leisure Coat of Arms
  • If I Could, I Would . . .
  • Treasure Box
  • Connections
  • Magic Box: Increasing Leisure Activities
  • If I Had a Hammer, I'd Hammer
  • Choices
  • Section Six: Energizers
  • Ways I Want to Grow
  • Look Alike
  • The Timer Method
  • Values for All Humankind
  • Four Corners
  • Expanding Skills: Personal Growth
  • Repertoire of Songs
  • What Kind of Person Are You?
  • Name Index
  • Subject Index

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