Briefgroup therapy is beneficial for both economic and theoreticalreasons. Explain why this is so. Support your response with a quotefrom chap. 1. Grouptherapy is economical in that it saves time and money. Instead ofusing two days to counsel ten individuals each at a time, one canhandle groups of 5 for 4 – 6 hours. That saves time that can beused for other productive activities. It is also quite cheap for theindividuals. As a person, one may be charged very high amounts persession, and a group may be charged less and when the large fee isdivided among the members available. A theoretical advantage is thatthrough a group therapy, one can get hope. Individuals are encouragedby the success of members who are more experienced in the group andthose who they are optimistic that they are in a position to addresstheir issues. This has been supported by (Corey, Corey, & Corey,2013) When he says “interacting with others in a trusting andaccepting environment, participants are given the opportunity toexperiment with novel behavior and to receive honest feedback fromothers concerning the effects of their behavior”.Group therapymakes the individuals realize that since other members have been ableto overcome, they too can.
Briefgroup counseling is popular in both community agencies and schoolsettings because of the realistic time constraints and the ability ofa brief format to be incorporated into both educational andtherapeutic programs. Explain why this is so. Support your responsewith a quote from chap. 1
Learningis the essential thing in schools, but therapy is equally importantto the schools and community setting. Group counseling is said to bemore efficient in the two areas. Handling one person at a time in aschool or community setting is time-consuming. Other than that, groupcounseling is more preferred since the learners face nearly the sameproblems and the community members. For example, if students arefacing a problem of peer pressure in a school, they can be broughttogether in a hall and guided on how to handle it as they also askquestions or comment. There will, therefore, be no sense in managingindividuals with the same problems separately whereas they can becounseled together. The sessions will be interesting, and they willlearn from each other through interactions. Group therapies can alsohelp the individuals in achieving a common goal and can help indeveloping their skills through training as stated by Corey, Corey, &Corey (2013) “The task group specialist might develop skills inorganizational assessment, training, program development,consultation, and program evaluation”.
Identifyone negative experience you have had with groups. Discuss how thisnegative experience might influence the attitudes you bring to groupwork. Personalityclashes are some of the negative experiences I have had with groups.It can cause the individuals to feel uncomfortable or feel rejectedas they try to relate to the therapist. The other group members mayexhibit aggressive behavior that tends to cause more harm than goodto the particular individual. During group work, there must becommunication between the two groups: the therapist and thosereceiving therapy. Due to the aggressive behavior from the othermembers, an individual may find it difficult to share personalemotions, experiences and thought in a group. That meanscommunication between the two parties is affected. The experiencemight influence my attitude negatively since I will feel as if I amnot in control of the group hence feeling demoralized. I then startpreferring one –on-one therapy which may make me feel like a loserfor failing to control the group.
Identifyone positive experience you have had with groups. Discuss how thispositive experience might influence the attitudes you bring to groupwork. Apositive experience that I have had in groups is that of highlybenefitting from the therapy sessions without even having to say muchbut carefully listening to others. Through listening to what theothers say one feels that their problems are even smaller as comparedto others’ .through therapy, I found out that there were manyimportant things that I had in common with the other members of thegroup hence I learn much about myself. Other people in the groupacted as mirrors such that they reflect some aspects of me thus Icould discover and explicitly what wanted to be changed or modifiedin my life. From that experience, I am very keen listening andcontributing where there is a need, and I try to add something that Ithink might be of value to the other members. I have also sought toinfluence some members to listen and contribute where need be as thatwill help them understand themselves better.
Identifytwo advantages of a group format for delivering services Grouptherapy is associated with many advantages: First, it is fast andsaves time as compared to individual counseling. As a therapist, onecan handle a group of people per session saving on the time thatcould have been used to attend to the same number of individuals oneby one. For instance, if a therapist plans to handle six individualswith the same problems in a day, he can have them as a group for 2 orthree hours and achieve his goals. The second advantage is thatthrough the interaction of group members, they can provide answers tothemselves as long as the therapist is in control. In a group,discussions and opinion giving is allowed hence a question asked byan individual can be answered by another individual, making thesession enjoyable. As long as the members are active in the group,the therapist does not have much to do but be in control.
Identifytwo disadvantages of a group format for delivering services Onedisadvantage of group therapy is that the members may have differentopinions making it difficult to control the group. The differencesamong them may create an unconducive environment for some of them tospeak out. It may be difficult to understand whether an individual isjust silent because he wants only to listen, or he is not comfortablecontributing, or because it is his nature. The therapist might try tomake him /her talk but to no fruit thus feeling as if he is failing. The second disadvantage is that there may be a loss of trust betweenthe therapist and an individual. A person may have a difficult timeto share some of his or her thoughts, feelings or ideas that may leadto a useless therapy. Gaining trust from members is important, and ifit lacks, then the session becomes wasted. That may create a badfeeling for the therapist.