SOCIAL WORK WITH GROUPS
This week we discuss treatment groups with a special emphasis on treatment groups for substance use disorders. Social Workers, especially those who are dedicated to clinical social work, are often guided by treatment theories or frameworks. Chapter 12 of your textbook (and also this week’s recorded lecture) references the treatment group manual found in Appendix one of your textbooks. After reading about all 4 treatment modules, answer the following 2 questions:
1. Which of the 4 modules would you choose to serve as the framework for a treatment group that you would facilitate? Be sure to give an overview of this theory and a detailed explanation for why you would choose this theory.
2. For each of the 4 modules, the authors present examples of exercises that could be used with a treatment group. Which exercise related to the theory you chose in part 1 resonates with you? Give a description of what clients would learn through this exercise. Also explain how this exercise is related to the theory.
For question three, use this week’s other assigned reading to help craft your response.
3. This week’s other assigned reading discusses 5 major types of groups for treating substance use disorders (psychoeducational groups, skills development groups, cognitive behavioral groups, support groups, and interpersonal process groups.). Additionally, the article discusses three specialized groups (relapse prevention, communal/culturally specific groups, and expressive groups). Which one of these groups would you be most interested in facilitating? Give an overview of the type of group that you chose and explain why you would be most interested in facilitating this type of group.
REPLY 2 OTHER CLASSMATES
Link to the lecture video
ASSIGNED READING LINK