Scenario Role Play

The Blees Method

by David W. Abbott



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 11/7/2005

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 8.25x11
Page Count : 248
ISBN : 9781420858129

About the Book

In a climate of managed cost concerns, Scenario Role Play: The Blees Method provides the therapist with a powerful and efficient therapeutic tool for facilitating improved functioning with several clients at a time. Using “Scenarios” which are drawn from--and similar to--the kind of life experiences that clients face, this unique form of role play employs the group as a miniature society while the clients “play” themselves. This allows the group therapist to work with heterogeneous groups. It enables the clients to witness and experience alternatives to their maladaptive responses, helping them to change their thinking, feeling, and behavior patterns without the risks of loss of a job, or a marriage, etc. The norms of this therapeutic approach permit clients to “work” at the edge of their comfort level.

            After presenting the theory undergirding this group therapy, the book furnishes a step-by-step orientation to the process. Chapters show the therapist ways to establish a group, choose Scenarios and Role Characters, and set up a Scenario. Guidelines for observing the action, ending the “playing,” and processing the event are provided. An appendix of 24 Scenarios furnishes tools for immediate use in the therapist’s own practice.

            While Scenario Role Play has been relatively unknown, the therapist does not need to learn new jargon or change the methods of assessing or understanding clients in order to use this procedure, and can easily add his or her own interventions to the process. Since the method simultaneously incorporates intellectual, affective, and behavioral components, the client is moving toward more maturity wholistically.

            This book is a valuable resource for professionals who wish to work with groups in either in- or out-patient settings, including schools, half-way houses, etc.; as well as  for professors and students in the helping professions.


About the Author


            Having earned degrees from Albion College (B.A.), Yale University (M.Div. & S.T.M.), and Greenleaf University (Ph.D.), Dr. Abbott has credentials as a pastor, professor, and  practitioner. Trained by psychologist Robert Blees (the developer of Scenario Role Playing), he has experience using Scenario Role Play in churches, industry, the classroom, and private practice for over 30 years. He adds his wisdom gained from specializing in relationship counseling, and the supervision of emerging professionals, under licenses of  Professional Counselor and Clinical Social Worker.

            Dr. Abbott has served on the boards of the Michigan Association for Specialists in Group Work (MASGW), the Michigan Association for Social Work in Groups (MASWG), and the Christian Association for Psychological Studies (CAPS).  He is also a member of several other professional organizations related to mental health and emotional maturity.

            He has presented workshops on the therapeutic method described in this book at the National Convention of the Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW), the International Convention of CAPS, the Convention and Training Conference of the North American Association of Christians in Social Work (NACSW), the Annual Symposium of the Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups (AASWG), and the 9th and 11th European Groupwork Symposia in Great Britain. These workshops have been well received.

            Dr. Abbott is also a popular professor in the Master’s in Counseling degree programs at Spring Arbor University and Ashland University. These universities have commissioned him to write the curriculum for courses in Scenario Role Play for their Master’s programs. Students applaud draft versions of this book, used as the text. Classes in the method have waiting lists.

            Realizing the value of students’ input, he incorporates their suggestions in this edition. He is currently working on a three-volume manual of Scenarios, and an advanced text expanding on the concepts presented here.