Capella University An Orientation to Group Counseling Presentation An Orientation to Group Counseling In this assignment, you will create a PowerPoint pre

Capella University An Orientation to Group Counseling Presentation An Orientation to Group Counseling

In this assignment, you will create a PowerPoint presentation to be presented to your principal and colleagues, orienting them to the use of group work in the school setting. You will overview some basic group counseling topics, and then provide specifics about your abilities to serve the school effectively.

In your presentation:

Describe the basic foundations of group counseling, including an introduction to the different types of group: task, psychoeducational, counseling, psychotherapy, and brief groups. Please provide one sentence describing each type of group. Please provide a description of each type of group. Remember to include considerations that may affect conducting that type of group in varied settings. (5 slides).
For example: Counseling: A group used to develop better interpersonal skills. This type of group may be used in a school setting to explore friendship skills, however, it may have to be limited in number, for example, 6–8 sessions.
Consider and address your own cultural background. Identify multicultural counseling competencies you will use to meet the cultural and social needs of students in your school setting. Share the culturally relevant strategies you will use for designing and facilitating groups. (1–3 slides.)
Explain some of your own personal characteristics that will enable you to be an effective group counselor. For example, three characteristics you already have might include courage, openness, and nondefensiveness. Consider one area for personal improvement and describe how you will improve that skill. For example, how might you incorporate humor into your groups? Please provide one paragraph per characteristic, exploring four characteristics. (1–4 slides.)
Describe some of your effective group leadership skills. This may look like a bulleted list, with a brief example of what each method means and how you will demonstrate this skill effectively. Please provide one summary statement for each leadership skill and how that skill contributes to group effectiveness, covering approximately three skills. (1–2 slides.‹)
For example: Terminating: Bringing closure to the group, both at the end of each session and at the end of the entire time spent together.

Include one slide for references. The assignment should have a total of 8–14 slides.

Review the An Orientation to Group Counseling Scoring Guide to ensure you meet the grading criteria. Although graphics matter, make sure you are demonstrating your understanding of knowledge about group work. If you do not plan to work in a school setting, please adjust the assignment as needed. However, you should still plan to meet the grading criteria.


Your assignment should meet the following requirements:

Written communication: Written communication is free of errors that detract from the overall message.
APA format: Resources and citations are formatted according to current APA guidelines.
Length: 8–14 slides. GUIDELINES
Association for Specialists in Group Work:
Best Practice Guidelines 2007 Revisions
R. Valorie Thomas
Rollins College
Debra A. Pender
Northern Illinois University
The Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW) supports the practice of
ethical and effective group work through the publication of guiding principles in
planning, performing and processing group work. Originally prepared, approved
and published in 1998 (ASGW; Rapin and Keel), the current revision addresses
changes in the American Counseling Association Code of Ethics (ACA, 2005).
The revisions were reviewed and approved by the ASGW Executive Board on
March 23, 2007.
The Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW) is a division
of the American Counseling Association whose members are interested in and specialize in group work. Group Workers are defined as
mental health professionals who use a group modality as an intervention when working with diverse populations. We value the creation
of community while recognizing diverse perspectives; service to
our members, clients, and the profession; and value leadership as a
process to facilitate the growth and development of individuals and
groups within their social and cultural contexts.
The Association for Specialists in Group Work recognizes the commitment of its members to the Code of Ethics (as revised in 2005) of
its parent organization, the American Counseling Association, and
nothing in this document shall be construed to supplant that code.
These Best Practice Guidelines are intended to clarify the application
of the ACA Code of Ethics to the field of group work by defining Group
Approved by the ASGW Executive Board, March 29, 1998. Prepared by: Lynn Rapin and
Linda Keel; ASGW Ethics Committee Co-Chairs. Revised by: R. Valorie Thomas and
Debra A. Pender; ASGW Ethics Committee Co-Chairs. Revisions Approved by the ASGW
Executive Board, March 23, 2007.
THE JOURNAL FOR SPECIALISTS IN GROUP WORK, Vol. 33 No. 2, June 2008, 111–117
DOI: 10.1080/01933920801971184
# 2008 ASGW
Workers’ responsibility and scope of practice involving those activities,
strategies and interventions that are consistent and current with
effective and appropriate professional ethical and community standards. ASGW views ethical process as being integral to group work
and views Group Workers as ethical agents. Group Workers, by their
very nature in being responsible and responsive to their group members, necessarily embrace a certain potential for ethical vulnerability.
It is incumbent upon Group Workers to give considerable attention to
the intent and context of their actions because the attempts of Group
Workers to influence human behavior through group work always
have ethical implications. These Best Practice Guidelines address
Group Workers’ responsibilities in planning, performing and processing groups.
A.1. Professional Context and Regulatory Requirements
Group Workers actively know, understand and apply the ACA Code
of Ethics (2005), the ASGW Professional Standards for the Training of
Group Workers, these ASGW Best Practice Guidelines, the ASGW
diversity competencies, and the AMCD Multicultural Counseling
Competencies and Standards, relevant state laws, accreditation
requirements, relevant National Board for Certified Counselors Codes
and Standards, their organization’s standards, and insurance requirements impacting the practice of group work.
A.2. Scope of Practice and Conceptual Framework
Group Workers define the scope of practice related to the core and
specialization competencies defined in the ASGW Training Standards.
Group Workers are aware of personal strengths and weaknesses in
leading groups. Group Workers develop and are able to articulate a
general conceptual framework to guide practice and a rationale for
use of techniques that are to be used. Group Workers limit their practice to those areas for which they meet the training criteria established
by the ASGW Training Standards.
A.3. Assessment
a. Assessment of self. Group Workers actively assess their knowledge and
skills related to the specific group(s) offered. Group Workers assess
their values, beliefs and theoretical orientation and how these impact
Thomas, Pender / ASGW BPG 2007 REVISIONS
upon the group, particularly when working with a diverse and
multicultural population.
b. Ecological assessment. Group Workers assess community needs, agency
or organization resources, sponsoring organization mission, staff competency, attitudes regarding group work, professional training levels
of potential group leaders regarding group work; client attitudes
regarding group work, and multicultural and diversity considerations.
Group Workers use this information as the basis for making decisions
related to their group practice, or to the implementation of groups for
which they have supervisory, evaluation, or oversight responsibilities.
A.4. Program Development and Evaluation
a. Group Workers identify the type(s) of group(s) to be offered and how they
relate to community needs.
b. Group Workers concisely state in writing the purpose and goals of the
group. Group Workers also identify the role of the group members in
influencing or determining the group goals.
c. Group Workers set fees consistent with the organization’s fee schedule,
taking into consideration the financial status and locality of prospective
group members.
d. Group Workers choose techniques and a leadership style appropriate to
the type(s) of group(s) being offered.
e. Group Workers have an evaluation plan consistent with regulatory,
organization and insurance requirements, where appropriate.
f. Group Workers take into consideration current professional guidelines when using technology, including but not limited to Internet
A.5. Resources
Group Workers coordinate resources related to the kind of group(s)
and group activities to be provided, such as: adequate funding; the
appropriateness and availability of a trained co-leader; space and privacy requirements for the type(s) of group(s) being offered; marketing
and recruiting; and appropriate collaboration with other community
agencies and organizations.
A.6. Professional Disclosure Statement
Group Workers maintain awareness and sensitivity regarding
cultural meaning of confidentiality and privacy. Group Workers
respect differing views towards disclosure of information. They have
a professional disclosure statement which includes information on
confidentiality and exceptions to confidentiality, theoretical orientation, information on the nature, purpose(s) and goals of the group,
the group services that can be provided, the role and responsibility
of group members and leaders, Group Workers qualifications to
conduct the specific group(s), specific licenses, certifications and
professional affiliations, and address of licensing=credentialing body.
A.7. Group and Member Preparation
a. Group Workers screen prospective group members if appropriate to
the type of group being offered. When selection of group members
is appropriate, Group Workers identify group members whose needs
and goals are compatible with the goals of the group.
b. Group Workers facilitate informed consent. They communicate
information in ways that are both developmentally and culturally
appropriate. Group Workers provide in oral and written form to prospective members (when appropriate to group type): the professional
disclosure statement; group purpose and goals; group participation
expectations including voluntary and involuntary membership; role
expectations of members and leader(s); policies related to entering
and exiting the group; policies governing substance use; policies and
procedures governing mandated groups (where relevant); documentation requirements; disclosure of information to others; implications of
out-of-group contact or involvement among members; procedures for
consultation between group leader(s) and group member(s); fees and
time parameters; and potential impacts of group participation.
c. Group Workers obtain the appropriate consent=assent forms for work
with minors and other dependent group members.
d. Group Workers define confidentiality and its limits (for example, legal
and ethical exceptions and expectations; waivers implicit with treatment
plans, documentation and insurance usage). Group Workers have the
responsibility to inform all group participants of the need for confidentiality, potential consequences of breaching confidentiality and that legal
privilege does not apply to group discussions (unless provided by state
A.8. Professional Development
Group Workers recognize that professional growth is a continuous,
ongoing, developmental process throughout their career.
a. Group Workers remain current and increase knowledge and skill competencies through activities such as continuing education, professional
supervision, and participation in personal and professional development activities.
b. Group Workers seek consultation and=or supervision regarding ethical
concerns that interfere with effective functioning as a group leader.
Supervisors have the responsibility to keep abreast of consultation,
group theory, process, and adhere to related ethical guidelines.
c. Group Workers seek appropriate professional assistance for their own
personal problems or conflicts that are likely to impair their professional
judgment or work performance.
Thomas, Pender / ASGW BPG 2007 REVISIONS
d. Group Workers seek consultation and supervision to ensure appropriate
practice whenever working with a group for which all knowledge and
skill competencies have not been achieved.
e. Group Workers keep abreast of group research and development.
A.9. Trends and Technological Changes
Group Workers are aware of and responsive to technological
changes as they affect society, and the profession. These include but
are not limited to changes in mental health delivery systems; legislative and insurance industry reforms; shifting population demographics
and client needs; and technological advances in Internet and other
communication devices and delivery systems. Group Workers adhere
to ethical guidelines related to the use of developing technologies.
B.1. Self Knowledge
Group Workers are aware of and monitor their strengths and
weaknesses and the effects these have on group members. They
explore their own cultural identities and how these affect their values
and beliefs about group work.
B.2. Group Competencies
Group Workers have a basic knowledge of groups and the principles
of group dynamics, and are able to perform the core group competencies, as described in the ASGW Professional Standards for the
Training of Group Workers (ASGW, 2000). They gain knowledge, personal, personal awareness, sensitivity, and skills pertinent to working
with a diverse client population. Additionally, Group Workers have
adequate understanding and skill in any group specialty area chosen
for practice (psychotherapy, counseling, task, psychoeducation, as
described in the ASGW Training Standards).
B.3. Group Plan Adaptation
a. Group Workers apply and modify knowledge, skills and techniques
appropriate to group type and stage, and to the unique needs of various
cultural and ethnic groups.
b. Group Workers monitor the group’s progress toward the group goals and
c. Group Workers clearly define and maintain ethical, professional, and
social relationship boundaries with group members as appropriate to
their role in the organization and the type of group being offered.
B.4. Therapeutic Conditions and Dynamics
Group Workers understand and are able to implement appropriate
models of group development, process observation and therapeutic
conditions. Group Workers manage the flow of communication,
addressing safety and pacing of disclosures to protect group members
from physical, emotional, or psychological trauma.
B.5. Meaning
Group Workers assist members in generating meaning from the
group experience.
B.6. Collaboration
Group Workers assist members in developing individual goals and
respect group members as co-equal partners in the group experience.
B.7. Evaluation
Group Workers include evaluation (both formal and informal)
between sessions and at the conclusion of the group.
B.8. Diversity
Group Workers practice with broad sensitivity to client differences
including but not limited to ethnic, gender, religious, sexual, psychological maturity, economic class, family history, physical characteristics or limitations, and geographic location. Group Workers
continuously seek information regarding the cultural issues of the
diverse population with whom they are working both by interaction
with participants and from using outside resources.
B.9. Ethical Surveillance
Group Workers employ an appropriate ethical decision making
model in responding to ethical challenges and issues and in determining courses of action and behavior for self and group members. In
addition, Group Workers employ applicable standards as promulgated
by ACA, ASGW, or other appropriate professional organizations.
Thomas, Pender / ASGW BPG 2007 REVISIONS
C.1. Processing Schedule
Group Workers process the workings of the group with themselves,
group members, supervisors or other colleagues, as appropriate.
This may include assessing progress on group and member goals, leader behaviors and techniques, group dynamics and interventions;
developing understanding and acceptance of meaning. Processing
may occur both within sessions and before and after each session, at
time of termination, and later follow up, as appropriate.
C.2. Reflective Practice
Group Workers attend to opportunities to synthesize theory and
practice and to incorporate learning outcomes into ongoing groups.
Group Workers attend to session dynamics of members and their
interactions and also attend to the relationship between session
dynamics and leader values, cognition and affect.
C.3. Evaluation and Follow-Up
a. Group Workers evaluate process and outcomes. Results are used for
ongoing program planning, improvement and revisions of current group
and=or to contribute to professional research literature. Group Workers
follow all applicable policies and standards in using group material for
research and reports.
b. Group Workers conduct follow-up contact with group members,
as appropriate, to assess outcomes or when requested by a group
C.4. Consultation and Training with Other Organizations
Group Workers provide consultation and training to organizations
in and out of their setting, when appropriate. Group Workers seek
out consultation as needed with competent professional persons
knowledgeable about group work.
American Counseling Association (ACA). (2005). ACA code of ethics. Alexandria, VA:
Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW). (1998). ASGW best practice guidelines. Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 23, 237–244.
Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW). (2000). ASGW professional standards for the training of group workers. Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 25,
Code of Ethics
As approved by the ACA Governing Council
The mission of the American Counseling Association
is to enhance the quality of life in society by promoting
the development of professional counselors, advancing
the counseling profession, and using the profession and
practice of counseling to promote respect for human
dignity and diversity.
© 2014 by the American Counseling Association.
All rights reserved. Note: This document may be reproduced in its entirety without permission for non-commercial
purposes only.
ACA Code of Ethics Preamble
ACA Code of Ethics Purpose
Section A
The Counseling Relationship
Section B
Confidentiality and Privacy
Section C
Professional Responsibility
Section D
Relationships With Other Professionals • 10
Section E
Evaluation, Assessment, and
Interpretation • 11
Section F
Supervision, Training, and Teaching • 12
Section G
Research and Publication • 15
Section H
Distance Counseling, Technology,
and Social Media • 17
Section I
Resolving Ethical Issues • 18
Glossary of Terms • 20
Index • 21
• 2 •
ACA Code of Ethics Preamble
The American Counseling Association (ACA) is an educational, scientific, and professional organization whose members
work in a variety of settings and serve in multiple capacities. Counseling is a professional relationship that empowers diverse
individuals, families, and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education, and career goals.
Professional values are an important way of living out an ethical commitment. The following are core professional values
of the counseling profession:
1. enhancing human development throughout the life span;
2. honoring diversity and embracing a multicultural approach in support of the worth, dignity, potential, and
uniqueness of people within their social and cultural contexts;
3. promoting social justice;
4. safeguarding the integrity of the counselor–client relationship; and
5. practicing in a competent and ethical manner.
These professional values provide a conceptual basis for the ethical principles enumerated below. These principles are
the foundation for ethical behavior and decision making. The fundamental principles of professional ethical behavior are

autonomy, or fostering the right to control the direction of one’s life;
nonmaleficence, or avoiding actions that cause harm;
beneficence, or working for the good of the individual and society by promoting mental health and well-being;
justice, or treating individuals equitably and fostering fairness and equality;
fidelity, or honoring commitments and keeping promises, including fulfilling one’s responsibilities of trust in
professional relationships; and
veracity, or dealing truthfully with individuals with whom counselors come into professional contact.
ACA Code of Ethics Purpose
The ACA Code of Ethics serves six main purposes:
1. The Code sets forth the ethical obligations of ACA members and provides guidance intended to inform the ethical
practice of professional counselors.
2. The Code identifies ethical considerations relevant to professional counselors and counselors-in-training.
3. The Code enables the association to clarify for current and prospective members, and for those served by members,
the nature of the ethical responsibilities held in common by its members.
4. The Code serves as an ethical guide designed to assist members in constructing a course of action that best serves
those utilizing counseling services and establishes expectations of conduct with a primary emphasis on the role of
the professional counselor.
5. The Code helps to support the mission of ACA.
6. The standards contained in this Code serve as the basis for processing inquiries and ethics complaints
concerning ACA members.
The ACA Code of Ethics contains nine main sections that address the following areas:
Section A: The Counseling Relationship
Section B: Confidentiality and Privacy
Section C: Professional Responsibility
Section D: Relationships With Other Professionals
Section E: Evaluation, Assessment, and Interpretation
Section F: Supervision, Training, and Teaching
Section G: Research and Publication
Section H: Distance Counseling, Technology, and
  Social Media
Section I: Resolving Ethical Issues
Each section of the ACA Code of Ethics begins with an
introduction. The introduction to each se…
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