Final Project

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Final Project: I propose to work with youths and young adults.
Group work is applicable in a variety of settings and with diverse
specializations in the helping professions. For the Final Project

in

this course, you will be asked to conceptualize and develop a plan
for
a group in your area of specialization. For example, if you are a
student in the Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling

program,

you may want to develop a group for people who have a family member
diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. If you are a student in the Master of
Science
in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, you may wish to develop a
group for individuals in management who want to assist in the
development of a better organization.
The purpose of the Final Project is to demonstrate your ability to
understand, apply, and critically evaluate the role of group work

in

your specialization based on what you have learned in this course.
This project is intended to be beneficial for your professional
development by having you design, write a proposal for, and

evaluate

the use of a group in your specialization. You may ultimately

choose

to present a proposal for this group at a field experience site
and/or
to your employer.
Your Final Project builds on the assignments you complete and
demonstrates what you have learned in the course. The Learning
Resources in the course and the Discussion and Application
assignments
all will assist you in completing the Final Project. NOTE:
Application
Assignments in Week 3, Week 7, and Week 8, and Discussion 1 in Week

4

and Week 11 are based on the group you are proposing for the Final
Project.
Assignment: I propose to work with youths and young adults.
6 pages, double-spaced, APA-format paper

Grades for the Final Project will be based on the quality of the
information presented. Final Paper Writing Rubric (in the Course
Information area) will be used to evaluate both forms of the Final
Project. In other words, spelling counts in both instances!
Final Project should include the information detailed in this
document Final Project Description (also available in Course
Information).

Follow the Final Project Description Below:
Final Project Description
Group work is applicable in a variety of settings and with diverse
specializations in the helping professions. For the Final Project

in

this course, you will be asked to conceptualize and develop a plan
for
a group in your area of specialization. For example, if you are a
student in the Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling

program,

you may want to develop a group for people who have a family member
diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. If you are a student in the Master of
Science
in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, you may wish to develop a
group for individuals in management who want to assist in the
development of a better organization.
The purpose of the Final Project is to demonstrate your ability to
understand, apply, and critically evaluate the role of group work

in

your specialization based on what you have learned in this course.
This project is intended to be beneficial for your professional
development by having you design, write a proposal for, and

evaluate

the use of a group in your specialization. You may ultimately

choose

to present a proposal for this group at a field experience site
and/or
to your employer.

Your Final Project should include the information on the next two
pages below.
Description of the Group
The description should include
• The demographics of the population the group will serve, and
• Issues related to group members’ experiences and/or needs.
Rationale for the Group
The rationale should provide
• A clear and convincing argument for your proposed group project
including a statement about how the group in your specialization
differs from other types of groups and thus how the work with the
group would differ;
• The purpose of the group;
• A literature review of primary sources related to the type of
group you are proposing, the populations it will serve, and the
effectiveness of any associated interventions; and
• The social change implications proposed.
Objectives of the Group
The objectives section should clearly articulate
• The goals obtainable for the group members and
• Social change goals
Note: Goals should be specific, measurable, and attainable within
the specified time for the group. Remember that even groups that

are

not time- limited have identifiable goals for members and for the
group as a whole.
Practical Considerations for the Group Leader
This section should include
• Characteristics of the group;
• Group process issues and group dynamics for the specific group;
o Group process refers to any component of the group from the
initial stage to the final stage. It may consist of the following:
establishment of trust and cohesion developed among group members,
rules and norms of the group, etc. Group process will be influenced

 

by
the dynamics of the group.
o Group dynamics may include but are not limited to members’
characteristics e.g., occupations, level of education,
religion/spirituality, openness and/or the resistance of members,
etc.).
o Note: If the group you are facilitating is for children, you
should address group process and dynamic issues for groups with
children.
• Legal concerns,
• Ethical issues, and
• Issues related to diversity competencies.
Procedures for the Facilitation of the Group
This section should include
• The leader’s/leaders’ qualifications for working with the
specific population that will participate in the group;
• Details regarding
o recruitment,
o screening,
o pre-group preparation,
o number of sessions; and
• An explanation of how the group leader’s/leaders’

strategies

and interventions meet the stated objectives of the group.
Evaluation of the Group Experience
This section should describe an evaluation process for the group
that includes an explanation of
• The role of the evaluation process,
• How you will assess group members, and
• How you will assess the effectiveness of strategies and
interventions used in the group.
Note: If the evaluation process includes an instrument/survey, it
should be submitted with the Final Project but is not included in

the

page count allotted for the project. The evaluation process should

be

objective, practical, and relevant, but also may be innovative.

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