The sportsmanship group program utilizes the person-centered theory which uses skills such as
empathy, being present and respecting the values of clients making it culturally sensitive (Corey,
2017). Following the ASCA Ethical Standards (2016), I would respect the students' cultures,
make sure that I am culturally competent and sensitive to diversity, and use culturally inclusive
language. Issues of conflict, bias, prejudice, oppression, and discrimination make group members
uncomfortable and break the group rule of keeping the group a safe place. If the issue is minor I
would at first try to ignore it, then either use blocking or redirecting to get away from the issue.
As issues become more serious I would go down the appropriate chain of line of asking the
student to sit outside the room for a few minutes, having the student go back to class, or class
school administrator. To establish a positive, caring, and safe learning group environment I
would use the skills of supporting, empathizing, facilitating and self-disclosure.
4) Student discusses the importance of carefully considering issues related to ethics, legal,
professional, and cultural significance in the group process from making group opportunities
available and member selection to group termination.