Posted 1 January 1998 in StressPoints by Ingrid Carlier, PhD, AZVA, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and Berthold Gersons, MD, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
A trauma group I run recently participated in a ropes course. This was at the request of the group as a means of furthering their ability to connect with each other on a deeper level. Ropes courses are designed to foster team building and group problem solving, and provide for individual challenges and safe risk-taking. My task was to negotiate the balance between therapist and group participant. As I have a fear of heights, I knew that this would be particularly challenging. I felt however that the group was ready to see me as an individual and was ready to explore the dynamics such an experience would generate.