We are always looking at innovative ways of enhancing our therapeutic programme for the benefit of our patients at Broadway Lodge. On a recent knowledge-sharing visit we were invited to observe a particular group session known as a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) group. This style of group is borrowed from the strategy/business world as a useful tool that can be used at times of change or transition.  It has been adapted here as an ending group for a patient leaving treatment.

The group was very much an interpersonal group, facilitated by the focal counsellor exploring the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats to the leaver’s recovery. The groups were impressive so we introduced them on a trial basis. The feedback since the introduction has been very positive from both the counsellors and the patients and this will now be a permanent feature of the programme. Here are the first two sheets completed for SWOT groups in Primary Care and Secondary Care.