provided a brief overview for each of the participants:
Please read the case study. This is a 2 part question and answer 1 page per part.
Beginning Groups—Case Study
In supervision your supervisor talks to you about a number of clients (both those already seeing a social worker and new clients) who have contacted the agency about issues they are having related to the violence in the community. She knows that you are in a class where you are learning about group work, and thinks that having you prepare and lead a group for them would be both beneficial to the participants and to your learning.
She informs you that at the intake with these individuals they were asked if they would like to participate in a group and each replied yes.
She provided a brief overview for each of the participants:
1.Ms. Smith is a 68-year-old female living in low-income housing for older adults, living three blocks away from Horizons. She has been living in this apartment for three years. She has always felt safe, but recently she has been feeling scared.
Four weeks ago her neighbor was robbed at gun point right in front of the building. Since that time she has been afraid to leave the building to go shopping or to go out to see her friends and family. She feels isolated and alone.
2.Mary is a 32-year-old mother of two young children (3 and 5 years old), who contacted the agency because she is frightened by all the news about violence in the community. She recently attended a presentation at her daughter’s kindergarten class about helping children feel safe. Instead of helping her feel like she now has some tools to help her daughter, she finds herself even more concerned about her children’s safety. She has reached out to Horizons for help for both her and her children.
3.David is a 27-year-old art student at the local college. He moved to this neighborhood two years ago because it is a budding arts community, and is a relatively close commute to school. He is surprised by how the violence in the community is impacting him.
He was recently driving home from school in the early evening, and stopped at a convenience store for milk. When someone asked him for spare change, and he declined, the person began yelling at him and became aggressive.
Nothing like this had ever happened to him in the community before, and he finds himself always on the lookout for this individual.
4.Fred is a seventh-grade teacher at the local middle school. While he does not live in the community, he has been really concerned about the impact recent violence in the community is having on his students. He has never reached out to a social service organization for help before, but feels that the stories of community violence his students are sharing with him are impacting him at school and at home.
5.Michael is the owner of a drug store that has been in his family and in this community for 40 years. For the first time ever, he has installed security cameras because of a marked increase in shoplifting at his store. On his intake form he stated that he is “really angry and stressed out about what’s going on in the community.” He is even considering keeping a hand gun at the store to protect himself and his employees.
6.Beth is a local EMT. Over the last two months she has been called to provide medical attention to over 30 individuals who have overdosed on opioids. This has been an exponential increase in these types of calls. Beth has a teenage son who she is concerned might be using illicit drugs. She’s not sure if this is really based in reality, as she now knows how much more easily accessible illegal drugs are in the community. She’s concerned about her son, and “has no idea how to talk to him about what worries her.”
Your supervisor asks you to develop a mutual aid group based on the clients who were presented to you. She would like you to come to supervision next week having given thought to the following questions and she asks you to be as specific as possible:
What unmet needs will be met by the group?
What is the purpose of the group? (By the end of the group, what will members have achieved?)
What will the structure of the group be?
* Number of meetings
* Frequency of meetings
* Length of meetings
* Location of meetings
* Size of group
4. What will the composition of the group be?
* Age and sex of members
* Social/emotional level and capacity of members
* Behavior patterns relevant to members
5. How will members be oriented to the group?
6. What will the general pattern of meetings be?
7. Are there agency or organizational policies that will aff• ect the group’s development?
8. What key people need to be contacted for approval, ad• vice, support, and so forth?
9. Describe the process that will be• used to evaluate the group.
The fourth session begins. You notice that some members are hardly saying anything, although they have been actively engaged in previous meetings. One member is wiping tears from her eyes.
You are preparing for the fourth session of the group and are contemplating the following:
1. How would you use sessional tuning in? What would you say?
2. How would you use sessional contracting? What would you say?
3. Beth begins talking about how she was part of the EMT group that responded to the shooting and then falls silent.
Write two ways that you could encourage Beth to elaborate on what she has experienced.
4. A few minutes later, Mary tearfully describes how she and her children left the park less than an hour before the shooting. She says, “That could have been me and my babies. I’m terrified.”
What are three things that you could say or do to facilitate conversation and support among the participants? Please include at least one open-ended question.
5. What do you think you would be feeling at this point?
6. What do you think you would be thinking at this point?
7. You are finding that you are feeling overwhelmed by the conversation and by the incident that occurred last night. What would you say or do at this point to continue to be effective as a group leader?