Scenario: Women’s Residential Treatment Group
Barbara has been working with a treatment group in a women’s residential facility for the past few months. Most of the members have been with the group for at least two weeks and are making progress towards their treatment goals. However, this morning a new member joined. Sheila introduced herself to the group by telling them that she was a polysubstance drug user and had been arrested for prostitution and possession of heroin. She said that she opted to attend residential to see if she could avoid jail time. Another group member, Lynda, commented sarcastically that this was not a women’s lock up facility and that she should go to jail. Sheila crossed her arms and sat back in her seat.
Barbara tried to focus the group by reminding them of their group agreement to maintain the confidentiality of the content of group. She gently reminded them of their agreement to treat each other with dignity and respect regardless of their opinions of each other. The members seemed to return to their normal group behavior and proceeded to work on the project. As they talked about their childhoods, Sheila did not participate. Barbara decided that was fine since it was her first day in group.
Later that afternoon, Lynda came to see Barbara in her office to tell her that she was very upset with Sheila. During lunch, Sheila told other clients about a story that Lynda shared with the group about being raped when she was a child. Sheila demanded that Barbara make Sheila apologize. Barbara knew that Lynda has been working on anger issues and was pleased that she had finally shared in group. Explain at least one ethical issue that exists in this scenario. What are some steps that Barbara can take to help clients to maintain confidentiality of group content?With growing tensions between Lynda and Sheila, suggest some strategies that Barbara can use to build trust in the group. Propose a strategy for helping new clients join groups that have reached the middle phase of development. What strategy could Barbara use in this situation to help the group to welcome new members into the group?
250 words, apa format, and must pass a plagiarizer checker