10 Facts About Group Therapy!

  1. It is very important for group social workers to be in touch with themselves, as they are only able to connect with group members if they are fully aware of their own identity and understand their own values, feelings, and perspectives.

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2. Group social workers use activities such as drama, role playing, cooking, music, art, and a variety of other group activities in order to aid in some of the goals and purposes of the group. Activities such as these can be used among all different age group as long as there is a purpose for the members.

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3. It is often challenging and draining for group social workers to keep their own sanity while listening to people’s stories, which are often sorrowful and tragic. Nevertheless, it is recommended that social workers lead a balanced life and focus on finding happiness (David, 2016, Personal Communication).

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4. Currently, there are a variety of uses for group social work which includes industrial social work, gerontology, family-child welfare, health, education and mental health (Helen & Kurland, 2001, p. 8).

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5. It is often hard to execute strengths based therapy when clients have engaged in behavior that goes against the moral beliefs of group social worker. If the group social worker cannot separate their own opinions a hostile environment may be created: the social worker may feel threatened by the group or the group may feel judged by the social worker.

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6. Role-playing is the most common form of group exercise. Since most of the clients are used to be told to stop doing what they are doing, the group and the counselor start with the advantages of the behavior. This shows that they understand the importance of the behavior in the person’s life. From there, everyone works together to see how it may affect the client’s future goals. The clients are never told that they need to stop, they are just shown the benefits of stopping.

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7. The first book to be published about group work was titled Group Work with American Youth, published in 1948 by Coyle (Helen & Kurland, 2001, p. 7).

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8. Social workers must address both the group as a whole and the individuals in the group as clients. Understanding the dynamic between the professional and the client and the relationships among clients is key to having a well-functioning group.

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9. The evidence-based technique of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is used to modify a patient’s behavior. It helps them to retrain the way they think so that they don’t fall victim to the same problems again. (Linehan, M.M, Dimeff, L.A, Reynolds, S.K, Comtois, K.A., Welch, S.S., Heagerty, P., Kivlahan, D.R. (2002))

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10. Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) is a type of (CBT) in which patients are taught problem-solving strategies blended with acceptance-based strategies as well as tackling the co-existing multiple tensions present that are causing the problems. (Linehan, M.M, Dimeff, L.A, Reynolds, S.K, Comtois, K.A., Welch, S.S., Heagerty, P., Kivlahan, D.R. (2002))

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