Obstacles To Group Therapy

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Transition: The goal at this stage is to show the participants that this is a safe place to work through their thoughts and deal with conflict. Conflict may arise is something regarding group participation and attendance. The leader would encourage healthy ways for the adolescent girls to address conflict in a healthy way. In this stage, the leader must watch out for trends such as subgrouping, giving advice, dependency, hostility and even silence. Experiences of transference and countertransference may occur in this stage, so this is material that can be used to productively address patterns and deep-seeded emotions that a member may be facing. If group member(s) becomes defensive, there is a way that these defenses can be worked through…show more content…
The leader must encourage the members to focus on applying what they have learned in the group towards changing themselves for the better, not focusing on changing others. In this stage, we would want to avoid bringing up new issues and just allow this time for constructive feedback. The participants would be given homework assignments, invitations for follow-up group sessions or referrals for assistance beyond the group. Re-emphasis on confidentiality is important at this stage. Obstacles to Group Therapy with Adolescent Girls With 9 to 18 year olds, additional guidance may be required in instructing the participants in offering and receiving feedback in group. This can be addressed in the initial stage while establishing group norms. The leader may ask the group participants, “how would you like to phrase statements of constructive feedback?” and provide examples if they do not have immediate ideas. This practice allows the participants to speak and listen to others about effective…show more content…
Two of them will be administered in the beginning of the semester and the other two will be utilized at the end of the term. These instruments are the pre and post surveys: The first type will regard the following subjects: self-esteem, peers, self-confidence, the ability to accept one’s self, being assertive, overcoming difficult situations, resolving conflict, managing anxiety, managing depression and addressing other issues. The second type of survey is called Elevator Music in My Head, which will be conducted verbally with the participant. This exercise deals with word association. The leader will meet with each participant one-on-one and will record the statements the participant makes when given words and phrases such as “family” or “When I look in the mirror, I see…” for one full minute. The same exercise will be done with the participant upon their exit of the counseling

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