Evaluating Adult Counseling Groups and Ethical Crises in Adult Counseling Groups

EvaluatingAdult Counseling Groups and Ethical Crises in Adult Counseling Groups

EvaluatingAdult Counseling Groups and Ethical Crises in Adult Counseling Groups

Comparisonof Practical and Professional Considerations for Group Work

A Women`s SupportGroup for Survivors of Incest


The group is organized in such a way that victims have theopportunity to get both individual and group therapy. The therapy isessential since it enables the victim to get attention at both theindividual stage and by extension the group level. Further,communication of the group activities is important since it allowsthose affected to understand whether they fit in the group or not.


The format is appropriate for the time it allows the members toconduct their day to day activities and meet at the identified time.Further, an illustration of the duration of time the group issupposed to meet and for how long is appropriate especially since itallows for planning by the individual group members. For example, thegroup meets weekly for seventy-five minutes for a duration of twelveweeks. Further, dividing group activities into phases is essentialsince it keeps the members on track on what should be done at aparticular time.


Evaluation is critical for any group since it assesses whether thegroup members are benefitting from therapy. It is essential toevaluate the progress of each and determine adjustments that can bemade in sections where there are failures.

EthicalImplications and Potential Member Crisis

The primary ethical concern regards the aspect of confidentiality andthe ability of members to keep discussions at the group secret.Revealing the group activities to non-members could jeopardize thegroup activity, and it is a contemporary ethical issue. Potentialmember crisis could entail the inability by some members to adhere tothe ground rules of the group.


The case presented by Jonathan depicts a scenario in which one is notfully capable of managing the responsibilities they have beenassigned. It is evident that Jonathan is still facing difficultiesexplaining his inability to facilitate the group activitiesefficiently. He has to manage two groups at the same time. It couldbe overwhelming for him since he is yet to recover from his problems.The primary focus of group sessions is to help members recover fromthe problems they are facing and not worsen their situation (Bion,2013).

The facilitator needs to develop an appropriate approach to dealingwith the issue to help the group members attain the goals that havebeen set while at the same time assisting Jonathan to deal with hisproblem. The facilitator must employ the established guidelinesregarding the issue of self-disclosure to help Jonathan out of theproblem that he is facing. Particularly, it could be essential forthe facilitator to remind Jonathan to recall the objectives of eachgroup. Having understood the individual goals of the group, thefacilitator should tell Jonathan of why he is seeking group therapy.Through the same, it would be possible for him to understand whetherhis presence in both groups would be helpful in enabling him toovercome his problems. It is imperative for him to realize that hemay not be able to heal out of his problems if he is to continueserving as the facilitator in both groups. For example, one of theguidelines suggested is that an individual must understand why theyare disclosing a particular issue (Corey, Corey, &amp Corey, 2013).Through the same, it would be possible to comprehend whether it isfor their benefit or purposes of the group. The facilitator must helpJonathan distinguish the two and come up with a solution to hisproblem. Ethically, it is essential that Jonathan identifies thechange in role and adopt the same to help him in the recoveryprocess.


Bion, W. R. (2013). Experiences in groups: And other papers.Routledge.

Corey, M. S., Corey,G., &amp Corey, C. (2013). Groups: Process and practice.Cengage Learning.