Each one of us is part of a group at any given time. We often see ourselves in relation to our friendship, school, work or family group. As individuals we often seek a similar position within different groups, for example, being a central or peripheral member of groups. Therapeutic work in a group setting can, therefore, help us negotiate groups and relationships within society.
For a child, their first experience of a group is their family and from this they move out into other groups including nursery, school and friendship groups. Sometimes negotiating these group relationships can present particular challenges for the child or young person.
Which children/young people would benefit from attending a therapeutic group?
Groups we can offer to patients:
Group psychotherapy including group art psychotherapy. This can provide an opportunity for experiencing a sense of belonging which can have an impact on other settings such as home or school. An important part of this can be an opportunity for feedback from group members and facilitators.
Some group members can provide a ‘voice’ for others and common themes can emerge. The Group members have the opportunity for individual and group experience within a session. In art psychotherapy groups the use of art materials can aid the sense of sharing a physical space and facilitate non-verbal interaction.
Therapeutic groups within an already existing group setting, for example a school or children’s home. Such groups may work to develop the following: co-operation, mutual respect, collaboration, interaction, sharing of space and the effect of individual members on the group as a whole. We can offer help with setting up such groups, for example within a school; these groups can then continue with regular input/consultation.
Psycho-educational groups – these groups could relate to specific difficulties such as anxiety, school refusal or bullying.
Groups we can offer to professionals:
Consultation groups - for agencies who require facilitated reflective practice groups relating to their work with a focus on emotional well-being/mental health issues.
Supervision groups – to provide clinical supervision to professionals.
Organisational Groups – to provide consultation to teams and organisations who are seeking an opportunity for input regarding team or organisational dynamics.