Group Crisis Intervention: Serving Multiple Constituencies
This is your paper’s introduction. Note, however, that it does not have a heading; its position at the beginning of the body of the paper implies that it is the introduction. Instead, include the title of your paper centered at the top of the page, not bolded; it is not considered a heading. In the body of your paper, indent the first line of each paragraph. As always, use double spacing and 12-point Times New Roman font. For the purposes of this assignment, simply replace this text with a brief paragraph in your own words stating that this paper presents your group crisis counseling proposals for the Middle Valley XXX.
Discuss why group crisis counseling is helpful for children and adolescents who experience crises and how this meets important mental health needs. Discuss why group crisis counseling is also helpful for parents, teachers, or community members who work with children, using systems theory perspectives.
Select a counseling theory that will guide your crisis interventions and state your rationale for using it to serve your diverse and different groups.
Discuss the counseling skills and techniques, based on your selected theory, which will be genuinely helpful to both groups. How will you build and maintain rapport throughout the group? How will you ascertain that you accurately hear and sensitively respond to the group’s emotions?
For each group, briefly outline of the Introductory Phase, Fact Phase, Feeling Phase, and Client’s Current Symptoms phase with brief elaborations of what you as a counselor will do or say in each phase. These phases will include very similar content for both the adolescent and adult groups, but note where difference might be necessary.
Two paragraphs in this section will allow you to describe the your plan for the Counseling Phase for both groups.
The teaching phase will differ for your middle school group and your concerned parents and community members group.
Responses to Crisis. First you will provide psycho-educational information to your groups about common responses to crisis, including helpful and unhelpful responses.
Two paragraphs in this section will allow you to describe how you will teach these concepts to each age group.
Preventing and Responding to Addictions in Children. Describe how you will include a prevention component to address substance addictions. Briefly describe how you will present why and how they develop (etiology), how they can be prevented, and how to intervene when a peer (or a child or adolescent) is suspected of using drugs, and where group members can go for further information. Include age-appropriate information for both groups.
Two paragraphs in this section will allow you to describe how you will include a prevention component with each group.
The summary phase will help support group members in going forward. Describe how you will help develop individual or group action plans. Including resources that are available in your own community as part of your resources for your groups will help prepare you for your own future!
Middle School Group. The resources should be somewhat different for the adolescent group and the parent or community members groups. Describe how you will inform the teens of several hypothetical school or community resources where they can turn for additional help.
Parent and Concerned Community Members Group. Describe how you will inform the parents and concerned adults of several hypothetical school or community resources where they can turn for additional help.
One responsibility of counselors is to use multicultural competencies to ensure that individuals from all backgrounds benefit from our services. In group settings, this can be even more challenging due to differences among the group members. Even group members from the same race have different levels of acculturation, and so might respond to counseling strategies differently. What will you do to remain alert and responsive to needs of the group? How might you need to modify your counseling skills, techniques, and the group crisis counseling intervention to make it culturally appropriate for diverse individuals?
All individuals have the right to receive mental health services that meet their needs. How will you adapt or modify your groups so that individuals with unique exceptionalities or disabilities can be involved members of the group and benefit from it? Refer to the legal considerations that will inform your group crisis counseling plans.
Briefly describe what you have learned about how counselors, particularly counselors who serve children and adolescents, need skills to influence community systems, family systems, and school systems on behalf of the clients they serve.
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