250 words and 2 references under each topic.
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Topic 1A – Complete the Self-Inventory of Ethical Behaviors. Select the five behaviors that you consider to be the most serious violations of ethical practice. What are the reasons for your selection of these behaviors? Explain.
Topic 1B – Identify the personal characteristics of an effective group leader. What are the three most important skills for group counselors to have? Explain your answer.
Topic 2A – Many recovery groups focused on substance use are based on religious and spiritual practices. Do you think this is beneficial? Explain your answer.
Topic 2B – What are some specific goals and methods you may incorporate into group counseling that might be shaped by your culture? Describe the approach you can use that considers yours and the group memberâ€™s culture backgrounds. (I AM PLAIN AMERICAN WHITE)
Topic 3A – Conflict typically appears when a group is in transition. State several forms of conflict you can expect in the types of groups you will lead. Consider group members suffering with substance use disorders. What are your own reactions to conflict? How will this influence your ability to help members recognize and work through conflicts?
Topic 3B – How could the use of role-plays among group members facilitate the goals of early and transition stage groups? What purpose could role-plays serve for individual members and for the group as a whole?
Topic 4A – What are three symptoms that you might observe in a final group meeting that might indicate that the group had been successful in achieving its primary purpose and goals? What are three symptoms that might indicate that the group had not been successful?
Topic 4B – What factors would cause you to initiate follow-up contacts with one or more group members after group termination? What would be the purpose of such contacts?
Topic 5A – What are special considerations around confidentiality within an adolescent/childâ€™s group? How would you approach these in a group of adolescents or children?
Topic 5B – You are leading a group of adolescents referred because of school, behavior, and/or substance use. Describe an opening exercise and a trust-building exercise you might use with this group. Explain your choice.
Topic 6A – What form of resistive behavior (or difficult behavior displayed by a group member) would you find most problematic in one of your groups and why? How might you work in a therapeutic way with such a member’s behavior?
Topic 6B – While conducting a group for adults struggling with addiction, one of the participants has come to the last three groups late. Explain how you might deal with this clientâ€™s tardiness.
Topic 7A – Under what circumstances might it be beneficial to design a group in which both children and their parents would participate? What special issues might arise in such a group, and how would you manage them?
Topic 7B – Now that you have read about therapeutic techniques and procedures, choose two techniques that you would most likely use and explain why. Choose one that you are least likely to use and explain why.
Topic 8A – When developing and implementing an adult support group, the following important guidelines should be considered: how the group is organized, how the format of each group session is structured, and what the short-and long-term outcomes of the group are. Consider the following three adult support groups: an HIV/AIDS support group, grief group for elderly, and a domestic violence support group. What similarities do you see, and how do these similarities suggest guidelines for developing these groups?
Topic 8B – At some point in your career, you may be asked to design and implement a group for involuntary clients, such as domestic violence perpetrators, drunk drivers, substance users, abusive parents, or prison inmates. What are your thoughts and feelings about working with mandated group participants? Describe fully. How would you approach counseling differently with them than with voluntary participants?