chapter  10
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Mutual Aid Practice with Single-Session Groups

Exercise 10.1: Realistic Contagion-Recognizing the Potential for Mutual Aid in Single-Session Groups

Exercise 10.2: Setting the Stage for Mutual Aid in Single-Session Groups Exercise 10.3: Appropriate Use of Authority in Single-Session Groups

Appendix A: Mutual-Aid Dynamics and Their Related Skills Appendix N: Catalyzing Mutual Aid in Single-Session Groups Appendix O: Skills for Catalyzing Mutual Aid in Single-Session Groups

By definition, a single-session group is a group whose first meeting is also its last. Although it might be composed of many members or go on for several hours, and thus share some

characteristics of a very large group or a longer-term group, for the purposes of examining implications for practice it has been conceptualized here as a closed “smallish” system (three to eight members) that meets for a brief time (one to three hours) rather than a long or marathon amount of time, such as a full day or weekend.