Goals of Therapt

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Danita McNeill
Grand Canyon University
Spring 2012

Abstract
This project involves developing a successful therapeutic group design for adolescents of divorce ages 13-18. The first phase involves developing a well-rounded summary of the group. Building upon the summary a series of screening questions and a brochure for the group were developed. The criteria that would be used in the final selection of group members is also decided upon in this area of the project. The final phase of the project involves a narrative of the first two group sessions, discussing how three possible problems that may arise in the group sessions will be handled, and the dissolution of the therapeutic group. The design of this group aims to show a clear and concise outline for a group design model. This model, if used properly, should also aid in the success of a therapeutic group.

Group Summary
A small therapeutic group for adolescents of divorce ages 13-18. The group will consist of four to six members who will go through a screening process before final selection. Each participant will be expected to meet for two hours once a week on Thursdays from 5-7 pm for five weeks at a cost of forty dollars. The location for these groups’ sessions will be at the old courthouse and snacks will be served after each meeting. I have chosen this particular population because I watched how my own divorce affected my children. Had I known then what I know now about the benefits of therapy for adolescents I would have sought therapy to help them cope with this devastatingly life altering event. Establishing the parameters of confidentiality between the adolescents, their parents, and other individuals within the group will be set forth from the onset of the therapeutic process. Contracts that will be drawn in a language that the adolescent can understand and should be reviewed and signed by both parent and child. The group assistant will provide ice-breaking techniques before each session. Each participant will be allowed to speak if they desire, but other forms of expression will be available such as: music, art, and writing for those who feel more comfortable with non-verbal communication. There are several objectives that are hoped to be obtained. Group members will be helped to understand that it is ok to experience a wide range of emotions and how to manage those emotions through problem solving techniques. Each child will be helped to grow and learn conflict management as opposed to allowing the divorce to defeat them and stunt their mental and emotional growth. Adolescents should be taught how to deal with their own feeling and learn how to effectively express themselves after the dissolution of marriage.

Criteria for Determining Group Members
When determining who ultimately will be included in the group for adolescents of divorce there are several criteria that the therapist must consider. Each possible participant will receive a questionnaire prior to the first group session, and will hopefully provide detailed answers to the questions asked. Given that these are young adults, they may or may not give answers as detailed as one would like but their answers should still be concise enough to determine if they would benefit from group therapy. This group will be for adolescents so members of the group should be close to the same age and possibly have similar interests in order to make them feel more comfortable because of the shared interest. Individuals chosen for the group sessions will also have indicated that they will be able to make all or at least the majority of meetings so that will achieve the maximum benefits afforded to them through counseling. Even though adolescents are the target group for this therapy and many will be referred by their parents they should still have a willingness to participate in the therapy. The members chosen for the group will show that they feel on some level...
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