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Group counseling strategies and skills chapter 8

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Cutting Off and Drawing
Out

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Chapter 8


important skill when leading groups) is
being able to cut off members.
o Other terms used for cutting off are

blocking or intervening.

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o One of the most important (if not the most

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Cutting Off


Timing—do it early
Use of Voice—should not be critical
Nonverbal Signals—eyes and hands

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Tell members you are going to be doing
this

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Important Points Regarding
Cutting Off


– The Leader asks clarifying questions
– Members Ask the person clarifying questions
– Ask the person do a focused activity
– Ask the members give the person feedback
– Ask one or more members to role play the
person

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Cutting and Staying with the Person

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Cutting Off a Member Who Has the
Focus of the Group


continued

Cut and Stay With the Topic
--take the topic back to the entire group

--cut and move to another person on
the same topic
Cut and Leave the Person and Topic

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Cutting Off a Member Who Has the
Focus of the Group


When a member is saying something
hurtful
When a member is saying something
inaccurate

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When a member’s comments conflict
with the group’s purpose

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Other Situations Calling for Cutting
Off Skills


When the leader wants to shift the focus
When it is near the end of the session
When members are arguing
When members are “rescuing” another
member from dealing with his pain

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Other Situations Calling for Cutting
Off Skills


Helps members who are shy
Getting members to go deeper is a form
of drawing out in support and therapy
groups

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Gets members more involved

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Drawing Out


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Fear/Anxiety
Thinking or processing
Quiet by nature
Not mentally present
Not prepared
Confused
Lack of trust
Intimidated by dominant member or leader

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Reasons for Silent Members


– Ask the member a question
– Ask if the member would like to talk

Delicately
– Use of voice is key
– Leader’s attitude

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Directly

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Methods for Drawing Out


Use of Rounds
Use of Written Exercises
Use of Eyes
Use of Movement Exercises

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Use of Dyads

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Techniques for Drawing Out


two of the most important skills in group
leading.
o The leader’s voice and attitude are very

important with each of these skills.

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o Cutting off and drawing out are absolutely

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