PCN 520 Grand Canyon Entire Course
PCN 520 Grand Canyon Week 1 Discussion 1
Complete Self-Inventory of Ethical Behaviors. Select the five behaviors that you consider to be the most serious violations of ethical practice. What are the reasons for your selection of these behaviors? Explain.
PCN 520 Grand Canyon Week 1 Discussion 2
In Corey, Corey, & Corey (Chapter 2), identify the personal characteristics of an effective group leader. Which three skills do you consider to be the most important? Explain your selections. What do you think are your strengths and areas of needed growth in these skills?
PCN 520 Grand Canyon Week 2 Discussion 1
Which of the therapeutic forces discussed in this week’s readings do you think are the most important for successful group outcomes? Explain and give examples of how you can incorporate this knowledge into your future counseling practice. For example, if you are in the addictions program, your example should be related to substance use disorders.
PCN 520 Grand Canyon Week 2 Discussion 2
What are some specific goals and methods that you may incorporate into group counseling that might be shaped by your culture? Describe how you could accommodate group members’ diverse cultural backgrounds, values, and styles as they relate to these goals and methods.
PCN 520 Grand Canyon Week 3 Discussion 1
Conflict typically appears when a group is in transition. State several forms of conflict you can expect in the types of groups you will lead. Consider group members suffering with substance use disorders. What are your own reactions to conflict? How will this influence your ability to help members recognize and work through conflicts?
PCN 520 Grand Canyon Week 3 Discussion 2
How could the use of role plays among group members facilitate the goals of early and transition stage groups? What purpose could role plays serve for individual members and for the group as a whole?
PCN 520 Grand Canyon Week 4 Discussion 1
What are three symptoms that you might observe in a final group meeting that might indicate that the group had been successful in achieving its primary purpose and goals? What are three symptoms that might indicate that the group had not been successful?
PCN 520 Grand Canyon Week 4 Discussion 2
What factors would cause you to initiate follow-up contacts with one or more group members? What would be the purpose of such contacts?
PCN 520 Grand Canyon Week 5 Discussion 1
Consider the videotape of the Corey’s counseling group. How would the Corey’s group have been different if they had incorporated more exercises? Why do you think they did not? What guidelines does this suggest to you for decisions about whether and when to use structured exercises in a group?
PCN 520 Grand Canyon Week 5 Discussion 2
You are leading a group of adolescents referred because of school, behavior, and/or substance use. Describe an opening exercise and a trust-building exercise you might use with this group. Explain your choice.
PCN 520 Grand Canyon Week 6 Discussion 1
What form of resistive behavior (or difficult behavior displayed by a group member) would you find most problematic in one of your groups? Why? How might you work in a therapeutic way with such a member’s behavior?
PCN 520 Grand Canyon Week 6 Discussion 2
After watching the second part of the DVD (Challenges Facing Group Leaders), what skills do you think you need to acquire or refine to more effectively address challenging situations in groups? How can you work on developing these skills?
PCN 520 Grand Canyon Week 7 Discussion 1
Under what circumstances might it be beneficial to design a group in which both children and their parents would participate? What special issues might arise in such a group, and how would you manage them?
PCN 520 Grand Canyon Week 7 Discussion 2
Review the group proposal for children who have been abused, described on pages 313-319 in the textbook. If you were screening children for such a group, what would be some signs that this group would be contraindicated for a particular child? How would you strive to obtain
PCN 520 Grand Canyon Week 8 Discussion 1
When developing and implementing an adult support group, the following important guidelines should be considered: how the group is organized, how the format of each group session is structured, and what the short- and long-term outcomes of the group are. Consider the following three adult support groups: an HIV/AIDS support group, a support group for college students, and a domestic violence support group. What similarities do you see, and how do these similarities suggest guidelines for developing these groups?
PCN 520 Grand Canyon Week 8 Discussion 2
At some point in your career, you may be asked to design and implement a group for involuntary clients, such as domestic violence perpetrators, drunk drivers, substance users, abusive parents, or prison inmates. What are your thoughts and feelings about working with mandated group participants? Describe fully. How would you approach counseling differently with them than with voluntary participants?