An example in detail: the ‘Friday Group’
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An example in detail: the ‘Friday Group’ book
I have chosen this particular example for several reasons. First, it is one that I was directly involved in and for which I kept notes at the time, so the details and atmosphere remain fresh. It was an ongoing group so it shows the group process over a period of time and how the nature of a group can change. It was a group that took place in the community, so was not bound to any one kind of therapeutic situation (and also had some difficulties arising from that fact). Finally, one or two of the sessions (which I shall describe in detail) demonstrate how widely certain themes can be interpreted by individuals. The group was started by a friend of mine, Heather (a trained art therapist), to explore two of her particular interests to see if they could be related:
(a) colour work; (b) the psychology of personal construct theory (Burr and Butt 1992; Dalton
and Dunnett 1999; Fransella 1995), as developed by George Kelly (1963).