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Therapists, Social Workers, Psychologists Etc…I Am a Social Work Intern and I Need Help Conducting Groups.?

Question by Working Mother: Therapists, Social Workers, Psychologists etc…I am a social work intern and I need help conducting groups.?
I intern at a residential center for girls between the ages of 14 and 17. There are issues such as rape, abuse, and drug addiction, Axis I of Major Depression, Bipolar, and Axis II of borderline personality disorder and histrionic personality disorder. Individual sessions are good but not group. The first group I discussed the purpose of group. The residents were very resistant and some walked out and stated they did not trust each other. The next group I talked about trust and explained confidentiality again however the girls almost got into a physical fight (not related to therapy) and additional groups appeared to produce major discomfort or walk outs. I have spoken with my clinical consultant about this and she says I am doing a good job because each time I was still able some engaged and participation has increased each group. However I don’t know what to do for the next group when I begin to discuss topics relating to their therapy some act out and disrupt group.

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Answer by kbis
I worked part time in a group home for girls and hear you on this behavior. Our therapist was sure to discipline for disruptive behavior. It was a very serious offense to act out in group therapy and could put them on major restriction. They have to do it, and they have to behave. If I were you, I’d talk to the house staff about their most effective discipline with those individuals.

You can help build trust by taking it nice and slow, and I wouldn’t be very discouraged if they don’t get deep right away.

It’s a tough job you have! Good luck and keep with it….they need you.

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