I’m often asked what’s a good preamble for a group, some practitioners just list a big long list of do’s and don’t. This can be helpful to establish rules but it isn’t a good preamble.
Here is an example of one I find quite useful, I believe it comes from the Priory in London originally:
“The purpose of group therapy is to gain insight to ourselves by listening to the sharing of others and observing their behavior. From seeing particular behavior we work to understand the general principles lie behind all disorders.
From observing and confronting the dishonesty, deceptions, distortions, diversions, delusions, evasions, rationalisations, justifications and psychological game playing of other people we learn to be aware of these same characteristics in ourselves.
We recognize that the energy and resources that we used previously in support our addictive behavior can be channeled constructively into developing new perspectives, nurturing healthy activities and creating rewarding relationships.
We see the courage of others attempting to make these changes and we commit ourselves to following their example of honesty, open-mindedness and willingness.”