Youthsin the adolescent stage face many problems such as emotional,physical and intellectual challenges while trying to adjust to thesechanges. The most common problem teenagers face anger. Teenagers thatare not well-adapted to their problems express anger in ways such asdepression, suicidal behavior, and aggression. It is critical tounderstand what makes youths experience violence and the consequencesinvolved. Some of the factors that contribute to teenage anger arethe home environment, bullying, personality, family interactions orsocial support (Aronson & Batkin, 2004). The most efficientsolution to teenage problems is group therapy. The treatment enablesaddressing of youths in groups and learning how to manage theirproblems. Tutors can incorporate a curriculum that addresses suchissues. A caring atmosphere must also be created to make everyonecomfortable. According to psychologists, group therapy is moreefficient than individual therapy due to the support members offereach other.
Engagingyouths in group therapy sessions enables them to realize that theyare not alone in their problems. The treatment theory also enablesyouths to feel a sense of belonging and avoid loneliness. It allowsthem to bond with each other and connect more. Participating in grouptherapy gives adolescents the opportunity to receive feedback frommembers and also the opportunity for interpersonal learning (TherapyAssociates, 2013). Teenagers can develop new approaches to deal withtheir problems through thinking as a group. The treatment settingreduces shame and encourages openness that creates self-esteem.
Groupsetting instills hope among young individuals that they can alwaysrecover from any problem. Senior team members share their successwith new members, therefore, encouraging each other to work hard inrealizing their goals. Group therapy is the most cost-effectivemethod to provide therapy as compared to psychotherapy (TherapyAssociates, 2013). Parents can receive assurance that their childrenare under treatment every week without having to worry about payingfor expensive therapy sessions.
Categorizingstudents into groups provides a more practical approach to dealingwith everyone’s problem. Tutors can develop group formats that willplace every individual in a group that has similar issues. It enablesutilization of students according to their problem. An example ofgroup format can be placing people facing anger in four differentgroups such as annoyed, hostile, and infuriated and frustrated(Simon, 2010). These groups correspond the four various stages ofanger. After separation of individuals according to their character,each problem can be approached differently.
Thegroup therapy treatment should consider ethical practices to enhancethe efficiency of therapeutic outcomes. Specialists engaging in thepractice should practice confidentiality. Any information shared withthe panel should not be revealed outside. This approach ensuresmembers benefit altogether, prevention of maliciousness andfoundation of ethical values autonomy and fidelity (Simon, 2010).Group members need to feel a sense of confidentiality to be in aposition to determine whom to reveal their information. Honestyshould also be maintained by the psychologist to ensure that themember maintains the same.
Adaptingto problems is critical to group’s therapy. Members could be havingsimilar goals but come from different backgrounds. Diversitythreatens the success of this therapeutic approach. The necessaryapproach is treating all members as equal (Aronson & Batkin,2004). Members who violate the code of conduct should be expelledfrom the treatment program. An interactive approach to leadership iscritical in counseling sessions. Members contribute theirexperiences, but an overall leader is necessary to ensure that allparties communicate as a single entity.
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Simon,F.S. (2010). 101interventions in group therapy.Routledge.: Taylor & Francis group.
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