Group Counseling and Specific Populations
This unit focuses on a wide variety of populations that may be addressed in a group setting. For instance, women and older adults need to be treated in groups with specific intervention strategies and selection criteria. Abused children, juvenile offenders, and individuals with chronic diseases, emotional difficulties, or addictive behaviors need to be treated in groups with more unique goals. The important thing to remember is that you have to be able to recognize the special concerns and needs of your clients and tailor appropriate counseling interventions to meet those needs.
As the course ends, your personal model of group leadership is coming into focus, and it is shaped by the many issues explored and discussed in the course. The influence of theory, personal style, ethical issues, cultural issues, group development, and leadership style has impacted how you conceptualize your personal model. Sharing this model with other learners provides an opportunity to crystallize your ideas prior to submitting the final project.
Take some time in this unit to acknowledge the role other learners have played in the development of your model. Note how their feedback and comments prompted you to learn more about your personal leadership style.
To successfully complete this learning unit, you will be expected to:
1. Examine group methods for the treatment of special populations.
2. Understand the need for counselors to address special concerns and needs of special populations in a group setting.
3. Develop a personal model for group leadership.
Learning Activities Studies
Use your textbook to read the following:
• Chapter 12, “Group Counseling with Specific Populations,” pages 293–319. This final chapter focuses on a wide scope of special populations that may be addressed in a group setting. Note the special emphasis placed on the need for group counselors to recognize the special concerns and needs of their clients and how to shape appropriate counseling interventions to meet those needs.
Question 1: Reflections on Group Leadership – 1page needed with two references.
Reflect upon the process of your own group leadership model. What aspects of the course influenced your model the most? Be as specific as possible. Acknowledge the role other learners have played in the development of your model. You do not need to acknowledge specific learners by name.