What is Group Counseling?
Purpose of the group counseling varies from group to group. It can be therapeutic, educational, or helping people to make fundamental changes in their way of thinking, feeling and behaving (Corey, 2004, p. 7). Group counseling/therapy has the advantage of being more effective than individual therapy because, it more closely stimulates social interactions and interpersonal communication patterns than does individual counseling (Kottler, 2004, p. 260). The techniques and strategies use in group counseling are to help resolve members’ interpersonal conflict, promote greater self-awareness and insight, and help them work to eliminate their self-defeating behaviours. The members in the group counseling setting often are peers and the group provides a microcosm of the society in some ways that clients deal daily (Sharf, 2004, p. 21). Counseling Groups for Adolescents
Except for infancy, more changes occur during adolescence than during any other time of life. As a saying goes, adolescents are “neither fish nor fowl” (Rathus, 2004, p. 109). That means adolescents are neither children nor adults. It is a transition from childhood to adulthood - a period bounded by puberty and the assumption of adult responsibilities. They undergo biological, physical, emotional and cognitive changes. Adolescence is a time of storm and stress in which conflicts, distress, mood swings, and aggressive tendencies are common. They strive to become independent from their parents that results arguments and withdrawal from parents. Due to all these reasons, adolescents face critical challenges at this stage of life. These changes haunt them and make them lonely. They need to take key decisions for their future. Therefore, they have a need for expressing conflicting feelings, values, self-doubts, in order to understand and accept themselves. Family issues such as parental gap and separation of parents make them feel that no one is there for them, listens to them, cares about them and nobody understands them. Group counseling interventions help large numbers of students identified by their teachers and parents as having personal, social and interpersonal issues, as well as academic difficulties. Group work with adolescents is a challenging and important area to reduce their problems during adolescence. About this proposal
This proposal outlines the details of the counseling group I would like to conduct at the Public Secondary Boy’s School, in order to enhance self-esteem and develop positive self-image of the adolescent male students in the school. As a counselor with specialized education, knowledge and practical experience in psychology and counseling, the community center I work at, and I personally have witnessed the increasing need for conducting a counseling group for the adolescent students. The proposal provides a brief description on the five general areas – rationale, objectives, practical considerations, procedures and evaluation. These areas will include the type of group, goals for the group - that is what members will gain from participating in it, the need for such a group, basic assumptions underlying this project, purpose of the group, objectives, the procedures and the outcome. The location, time and duration of the group, ground rules and techniques use in the process and how the group members will be prepared for the group experience will be highlighted. Selective screening and evaluative tools for the group participants will be provided and measured by myself and another professional assistant. About the Centre
The “City Community Centre” is a volunteer based counseling and psychotherapeutic non-profitable organization established in 2008. It is designed to serve the community in reducing psychological, social, interpersonal and intrapersonal problems and enhance interpersonal communication, personal growth and personality, to become fully...