Discussion 1: Assumptions about Group Therapy
What first came to mind when you heard about group therapy? While group therapy can be similar to individual therapy, there are some aspects to it that are unique. Helping clients understand why, and how, group therapy is effective is often a key component of its success.
Therapy can be viewed as a journey during which the therapist acts as a guide through the wilderness. Journeying unescorted into the wild can be daunting, especially without knowing your final destination. A skilled guide, on the other hand, can make the experience rewarding and ensure you reach your destination without getting lost. Experience counts when working with a guide, be it a wilderness guide or a therapist. The best group therapists combine a talent for group leadership with an understanding of the therapy process. Before working with clients, it is important to understand your knowledge and beliefs, both accurate and faulty, regarding group therapy. Inaccurate assumptions may result in a misstep for you and your clients, thereby reducing the effectiveness of therapy.
For this Discussion, review this weekâ€™s Learning Resources. Consider your own assumptions about group therapy and how they might impact your interactions with your future clients.
With these thoughts in mind:
Post by Day 3 at least two assumptions you may have about group therapy. Then, explain any personal experiences that helped form these assumptions. Explain how your assumptions might help or hinder your interactions with clients. Finally, explain how you might evaluate whether your assumptions are accurate or not. Be specific and use the Learning Resources and the current literature to support your response.
Be sure to support your postings and responses with specific references to the Learning Resources.
Read a selection of your colleaguesâ€™ postings.