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Wk5.Assgn.S.Anderson 1 Rethinking Assumptions about Group Therapy Sabrina Anderson Walden University
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Rethinking Assumptions about Group Therapy Abstract The paper will discuss the video "Understanding group psychotherapy: Outpatients part 1 & 2" and whether the video confirms or invalidates my previous assumptions about group therapy. This paper will provide an explanation of the changes I possibly will make to my assumptions about group therapy as it relates to the video. Lastly, this paper will provide the insights and conclusions I came to based upon the video. 2
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Rethinking Assumptions about Group Therapy The first assumption I had was the disenchantment with unsuccessfulness of the group therapy. The video confirms and invalidates this assumption. Also, the video confirms this assumption in the sense resistance is common for all members. The video invalidates this assumption within the meaning that a group is successful as the members involved. The second assumption I had was for a group to be effective members must have similar problems, concerns, and backgrounds. Presuming all client issues and concerns are similar. The video invalidates this assumption by stating there is almost a group for everyone. Also, that each member is different and unique in his or her ways, but they all share the common goal of the group. So, for group to be effective the members must all share the common goal of the group. I would keep an open mind and be optimistic when facilitating group work. I would remember that it is the common goal of the group that all members share and that not all client issues, and concerns within the group are similar. I found it interesting to watch how the group came together forming norms and establishing trust within the group. I gained insight and a better understanding into the here-and-now group therapy. I enjoyed how Yalom explained the two steps to the here-and-now group therapy with the first step being expressing emotions in the here-and-now, letting others matter towards each other. And step two is beginning to take a look at what just happened, go back and study what it
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