Recovery Groups: A Guide to Creating, Leading, and Working With Groups For Addictions and Mental Health Conditions by Linda Farris Kurtz

Recovery Groups: A Guide to Creating, Leading, and Working With Groups For Addictions and Mental…

byLinda Farris Kurtz

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This book focuses on community self-help and support groups specifically in the context of recovery movements in addiction and mental health care. The idea of groups of recovering people meeting together may seem like a simple one and not one requiring much effort and thought; however, as thisbook will show, this is not the case. In Recovery Groups: A Guide to Creating, Leading, and Working with Groups for Addictions and Mental Health Conditions Linda Kurtz breaks down the recovery movement for addictions and mental health care into three sections. In the first section recovery concepts are broken down into two fields: howthey differ and how they come together. The second section focuses on methods of working with independent self-help groups and leadership in support groups. Kurtz touches on the study of helping mechanisms, social climate, group teachers, group structure, and how to use each of these to improvegroup performance. In the third section of the book, Kurtz examines social and community actions from members involved in Twelve-Step fellowships and consumer survivor organizations. The final section also details programs that provide employment, housing, and mutual support, explaining how toaccomplish these goals without a large expense. This book will be useful to students, professional mental health and addiction workers, recovery coaches and peer support specialists, and group members and leaders who are interested in this topic.

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Linda Farris Kurtz is retired from a 26 year career teaching social work and is an Emeritus Professor, School of Social Work at Eastern Michigan University. She practiced social work in the mental health field for 14 years. She grew up in Kansas City Missouri, attended university at Washburn University of Topeka where she held her firs...
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Title:Recovery Groups: A Guide to Creating, Leading, and Working With Groups For Addictions and Mental…Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:November 19, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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DedicationForewordPreface1. IntroductionPart I2. The Recovery Approach in Mental Health and AddictionThe Paradigm Shift from Medical Model to Recovery ModelRecovery PhilosophyPeer HelpersRecovery Groups3. How Recovery Groups Differ from Other Kinds of GroupsSelf-Help Ethos and Recovery PhilosophyTypes of GroupsDifference between Self-Help and Support GroupsPsychotherapy and Task GroupsIdeal TypesChoosing a Group Type4. Groups for Addiction and Mental Health ConditionsTwelve-Step Groups for AddictionNon-Twelve-Step Groups for AddictionTwelve-Step Groups for Mental Health ConditionsNon-Twelve-Step Groups for Mental Health Conditions Groups for Families and FriendsPart II5. Connecting with Independent Self-Help Recovery GroupsFoundersStarting a Local ChapterLinking People with Self HelpProfessional Leadership of Self-Help GroupsEthical Issues Related to Linking to Self Help by Professionals6. Facilitating Support GroupsThe Pre-Formation StageLeadershipThe Forming StageThe Storming StageThe Norming StageThe Performing StageProblems that Come Up in Support Groups7. How Recovery Groups HelpCohesivenessUniversalityInstillation of HopeSupportGiving Information and AdviceAchieving a Sense of BelongingMaking a Difference and Having a Sense of MatteringTeaching Coping MethodsIdentity TransformationBecoming EmpoweredAchieving InsightReframingNew Way of Life and the Redefinition of SelfEncouraging Helping FactorsAvoiding Unhelpful Factors8. Analyzing a Group's Climate, Philosophy, and StructureSocial Climate in GroupsGroup Philosophy or WorldviewGroup StructureTwelve-Step Meeting Structure9. Who Needs a Group?: The Process of AffiliationCharacteristics of Who Comes BackBeing an Extrovert and Need for AffiliationOpenness to SpiritualityThe Importance of GroupAffiliation is a ProcessStages of Change ReadinessProcesses of Change10. Four Models of Self-Help Recovery GroupsAl-Anon Family GroupsHistoryProgramResearchStarting a GroupMeeting StructureRecovery InternationalHistoryProgramResearchHow Meetings are StructuredStarting a GroupSchizophrenics AnonymousHistoryProgramResearchStarting a GroupMeeting StructureDual Recovery AnonymousHistoryMeeting StructureHow to Start New GroupsPart III11. Recovery Groups and AdvocacyThe National Council on Alcoholism and Drug DependencyAdvocacy, Anonymity, the First Step and the Twelve TraditionsRecovery Community OrganizationsNational Alliance on Mental IllnessConsumer Survivor Organizations12. Housing, Employment, and MutualFairweather Lodges - 1963FounderFounding StoryProgram TodayFinancingDiffusionSuccess RatesOxford Houses - 1975FounderFounding StoryProgram TodayFinancingDiffusionSuccess RatesFountain House - 1944FounderFounding StoryProgram TodayFinancingDiffusionSuccess Rates13. Online GroupsUtility and Benefits of Online Groups and MeetingsKinds of participationPositive values of online groupsDisadvantages and ConcernsAreas of Uncertainty or ConcernThe Danger of ExploitationConclusionAcknowledgementsGlossaryIndex