Life with others is messy. The bonds we form are often the source that drives us to helping professionals like therapists and pastors in the first place. And yet, it is from these relationships that our greatest moments of healing spring. Recognizing the value of relationships, pastors and therapists have been leading small therapeutic groups for years. Yet few leaders have a specific, easy-to-follow, and researched framework to structure their groups.
Helping Groups Heal presents “The Healing Cycle,” a grace-based model that facilitates healing and growth in groups. It has been tested with a variety of settings, and can be adapted to nearly any small group, from sex addiction therapy to marriage therapy to Bible studies.
The basic components of “The Healing Cycle” are grace, safety, vulnerability, truth, ownership, and confession. Helping Groups Heal guides the reader through these elements, offering case studies and practical advice from the voices of researchers and practitioners. Each chapter shows how “The Healing Cycle” moves its members to share their truth, own it, and make positive change in their lives. Each step of the process allows participants to move past surface issues and find depth in their understanding of their pain.
Whether you have been leading small groups for years or are about to lead your first session, Helping Groups Heal is an accessible, easy-to-follow guide through “The Healing Cycle” that will give each group member what’s needed to grow, relate, and heal.
About the Authors:
Jan P. Hook, EdD is a licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC) in the state of Illinois. He does individual, marital, and group psychotherapy. He is in private practice in Arlington Heights, Illinois.
Joshua N. Hook, PhD is an associate professor of psychology at the University of North Texas and is a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Texas. His research focuses on humility, religion/spirituality, and multicultural counseling. Josh also blogs regularly at www.JoshuaNHook.com.
Don E. Davis, PhD is an assistant professor of psychology at Georgia State University. His research and writing focus on humility, forgiveness, and religion/spirituality.