Being human: how does the personal experience of participating in encounter groups support the development and practice of the encounter facilitator?

Rock, Margaret (2019) Being human: how does the personal experience of participating in encounter groups support the development and practice of the encounter facilitator? Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies .

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/14779757.2019.1680423

Abstract

The aim of this paper is to offer a definition of encounter and encounter groups based on the author’s understanding and experience as a participant and facilitator. Through reflection on experience as a participant, consideration is given to how the self-awareness and insights gained from this can shape the understanding of the role of facilitator, and how it enables what can be offered to groups as a facilitator. Theoretical contributions to understanding the role of the facilitator are considered. A strong relationship is proposed between experiences and gains as a participant and becoming an aware and helpful facilitator, arguing that experiences as a participant have the potential to contribute to the ability to trust both oneself and the facilitative potential of the group, tolerate uncertainty, hear others accurately and take risks.

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
ISSN: 1477-9757
Departments: Pre June 2020 Academic Departments and Services > Academic Departments > Health, Psychology & Social Studies (HPSS) > Rehabilitation
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2019 16:40
Last Modified: 30 Oct 2020 08:00
URI: https://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/5207

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