chapter  48
Group Therapy for Therapists
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Family role models influence our conscious and unconscious attitudes, behaviors, and styles in which we relate in both our closest relationships and our relationships in general. This chapter talks about a time-limited, psycho educational group that has agreed to work around the transmission of gender roles by exploring family role models. An intervention is introduced once cohesion and trust is sufficiently built in the group to contain increased affect and allow for deeper emotional sharing. This intervention aims to actively work on issues of separation/individuation in the mother-daughter relationship. 'A daughter's identification with her mother contributes to a gender identity based on nondifferentiation and intimacy rather than differentiation and separation'. The intervention has limited contraindications but, this kind of exercise and intervention works most effectively in a mature group where participants have already acquired a certain degree of psychological growth and have been previously prepared for this kind of introspection.