Reviewing the articles about adapting a group plan for a specific population, consider how you would respond to diverse cultures represented in a group you are planning for adolescents. (You may also find it useful to review the optional articles for ideas of how leaders plan and adapt groups for adolescents.) Then consider the following scenario:
You are a counselor developing a therapy group for young teens (ages 11–13) or older teens (ages 14–16). You have already conducted the prescreening process, so you know that your group members are from three different cultures in your community.
Answer the following questions in your initial post:
What will the purpose of your group be?
How will you explain the purpose of this group to parents and guardians of the participants who are from different cultural backgrounds?
How will you ensure that your group process and techniques are relevant across the different cultures represented in the group? (You may wish to review suggestions from Counseling Children, pages 57–58, on working with children from specific cultural groups.)
What group leadership skills discussed in Counseling Children (pages 592–594) and modeled in the video, Group Counseling With Adolescents: A Multicultural Approach, will you use to invite the group to openly discuss differences related to culture or gender?
This Discussion will help you develop your ideas for the groups you are planning as part of this unit’s assignment. Use and cite the readings from this unit to support your ideas.