Trauma Group Reflective Essay

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from two trauma groups notes regarding the same patient, and patients’ reflections during individual therapy. The specific learning objective, Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities, was met through the primary sessions, individual therapy, and trauma groups. The student demonstrated the ability to use empathy, reflection, and interpersonal skills to engage with clients through observing sessions, co-facilitating, and facilitating sessions, during which the student sought feedback from the clinical team and patients to improve service delivery. The student conducted a session while being observed by the clinical director, who provided feedback to the student during supervision. The levels of intervention…show more content…
The student demonstrated their understanding of this in the psychoeducational and life-skills groups project, through integrating worksheets into sessions such as the artifact that examines the patients’ relationships to determine those that are problematic and unhealthy. This project contributed to the student’s learning experience because the student was challenged with overcoming their social anxiety. The student worked through the physical and mental challenges that arose from facilitating sessions, by adopting the skills they taught patients, which included techniques from cognitive-behavioral therapy. The student also processed their experience with the clinical staff. The primary sessions, individual therapy, and trauma group project contributed to the student’s learning experience because the student was challenged with familiarizing themself with the patients’ dual diagnosis and their medications, because it was important to be familiar with that information when selecting the most effective interventions. The student also found it difficult to multitask during the trauma sessions, because of the nature of the content being discussed. The student learned over time how to actively listen, take clinical notes, and avoid compassion fatigue through integrating self-care strategies into their daily
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