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Group Ethics
Kana Crumby
Liberty University

Abstract
This paper seeks to examine group and individual therapy models to determine which model is most successful based on empirical evidence and case studies that will be reviewed and discussed within this paper. All age ranges will be looked at when making the determination as to which model is superior and results in more successful and long-term solutions for the needs of the individual going through therapy. Further, this paper seeks to establish and understand the parameters of ethics as it relates to group therapy. A conclusion will be drawn based on the evidence reviewed. This research paper addresses the hot topic of ethics in groups. Based on the topic, it highlights the broad understanding of the ethical issues in light of group therapy and counseling among others. In addition, the research paper contains the first person discussion of the leadership qualities and the approach to group therapy. The conclusion of the study is based on the findings of the issues that are discussed in the research findings. The paper establishes that individual therapy as having historically been cited as an effective treatment measure with the group therapy being less considered. In addition, the group psychotherapy has a high level of evidence as far as the treatment of various problems is concerned. The paper has defined the constituents of the group work in addition to establishing ethical standards that are ethical through which there can be advancement of group therapist, counselors, psychotherapist, client and the profession. In relation to understanding group ethics, there has been an aspect of the professional practice through which the skills and knowledge is applied in facilitation of the group to enable a collection of people that are interdependent in mutual goals realization, which may be related to work or may be interpersonal. The major types of groups that have been identified include the counseling, psychoeducation and psychotherapy. The group process use in psychotherapy, counseling and in group therapy has been perceived to a powerful catalyst through which change and personal growth can be enhanced. Each of these groups is perceived to have unique purpose through which continuous need for conducting increasing group ethics in the modern world than ever. Its importance becomes not only limited to the clients safety but for the profession and therapist which unique ethical standards pertaining to the group therapy are instituted.

Group Ethics
Groups gather to meet on many occasions for a variety of reason. No matter the goal or level of performance of these groups, they generally have something in common. These groups come from people of all backgrounds and have different views based on their own experiences. Groups will usually work on accomplishing tasks set before them, but they also hope to have continued success, normally because a level of trust becomes established which builds rapport among members. This paper will summarize the first session of the psychoeducational group that I am leading currently by identifying the stages of the group also the challenges, and explain the group’s leadership dynamics. Course study material as well as biblical views will also be considered as related to the group’s dynamics. Group Stage

The beginning stages of the group process as shared by Corey, Corey, and Haynes (2006) state that the following group characteristics are typically observed in a group operating in the initial stage, “Members are deciding with whom they can trust, how much they will disclose, how safe the group is, whom they are drawn to and with whom they feel distant, and how much to get involved.” (p.37) No one in the group openly expressed that they would not share during this session due to not trusting others, one spouse did express her concerns about openly discussing her business to others. I sensed that some of the hesitance to...
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