by Mike Bender
Written by a leading author in the psychology of dementia, this new title demonstrates how to carry out therapeutic groupwork with people with cognitive losses. Focusing on developing a therapeutic relationship in a group setting and on improving the quality of life for those with cognitive loss
Written by a leading author in the psychology of dementia, this new title demonstrates how to carry out therapeutic groupwork with people with cognitive losses. Focusing on developing a therapeutic relationship in a group setting and on improving the quality of life for those with cognitive loss, this practical manual:Provides a framework - based on theory, clinical experience and research - within which effective groups can be run for people with cognitive losses;
Contains hands-on advice on how to plan, prepare, run and evaluate group sessions. This resource will develop your understanding of working with groups, what makes them effective, and the skills needed for group leadership;
Enables you to translate clients' interests and needs into possible sessions and to evaluate whether individual or groupwork would be more appropriate. Includes groups for people with mild to severe cognitive loss, as well as the various types of sessions, such as those concerned with the present (eg, problem-solving), the past (eg, reminiscence), and the practical (eg, craft and music).
This book is an excellent resource for staff of all units caring for people with people with cognitive losses, such as day centres and day hospitals, residential and nursing homes, and for trainees and students of nursing, social work and occupational therapy.
Part 1: Planning your group - theory and practice; Dementia: what has therapeutic groupwork got to do with it?; Understanding the reality of groups; Your inheritance as a groupworker; Becoming a therapeutic groupworker; What is and is not dementia? How does it affect what groupworkers do?; What do the people that you work with want and need?; Translating need into action; All along the watchtower: establishing the boundary conditions; Maximising therapeutic benefit by communicating with others; Selecting clients and gaining their informed consent; Recording group activity and process; Evaluation; Part 2: Into the Group; The first sessions; Energising therapeutic factors; Moving towards agency; The working group: difficult moments, difficult decisions; Silences, tears and laughter; Closing groups; Looking after yourself: problems of being a group leader.
Anyone caring for people with cognitive losses and for trainees and students of nursing, social work and occupational therapy
About the author
Mike Bender is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, in services to older people. His specialist areas of expertise are therapeutic groupwork and developing a psychological understanding of dementia.
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