Support Group Therapy

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Survivors Support Group I am currently on the mental health track, so looking at a potential group that I might encounter would encompass female victims of domestic violence and abuse (DVA) which is also referred to as intimate partner violence (IPV) and rape or sexual assault victims (as statues vary depending on the states definition). Both forms of abuse stem from a power and control dynamic. The use of force during sex is not about sexual pleasure for the perpetrator, instead the pleasure comes from being in a position of power and having control over another human being. The act of hurting and demeaning the woman is the real pleasure. DVA/IPV consists of physical, sexual, emotional, and economic abuse. Victims are usually stuck in this…show more content…
Prescreening interviews will make or break the group. First, as the group leader I must go through the exclusion process, meaning that I must automatically eliminate clients that cannot possibly benefit from group therapy or fit in with this population. Yalom (2005) says that clients will fail in group therapy if he/she is unable to participate in the primary task of the group. For example someone that is deceptive, aggressive, or displays controlling behavior would not be a good fit for this group. Men on the basis of sex would be excluded. The risk of harm to the group is too great to accept a client that is not an ideal group member. Exclusion would also be applicable to anyone that lives too far away without a means for transportation, required to travel out of state for work frequently, scheduling conflicts, or any pending life changing…show more content…
c.) Review my trainings and qualifications to facilitate group. Group leaders would be trained for crisis intervention. Possess knowledge of criminal justice system sentencing for abusers and rape offenders and be knowledgeable about the available resources for victims. d.) Explain purpose of having a co-leader and why I selected mine to be a male. IV. Confidentiality, risks, and benefits will be discussed in detail during both prescreen interviews and the informed consent will be signed at the end of the second interview. a.) Explain that I cannot guarantee confidentiality since it is a group setting, but I will deal with individual members if I find out they are not keeping information confidential. b.) Inform the individual of the sites policies, state and federal laws, and rights as a client. c.) Explain multiple relations are restricted. No individual will interact with group leader or co-leader in a setting that is not therapeutic (ex: no dinner meetings, personal emails, exchange of gifts, or social networking site interactions). d.) Review how to address any

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