Imagine that in your private practice, you have chosen to start a twice-monthly therapy group for couples with one of the following themes:
Disability and sex.
Families or loved ones of LGBTQ.
Describe how you would organize the group. Would you have an open membership or limit the membership further, such as same-sex relationships only or a more specific presenting issue? Would the group meet for a limited time or be open-ended? How would you find members for the group and how would you promote it? What guidelines would you establish for group participation?
Discuss topics the group might cover in your meetings, using references from our course readings and from your own research to support your ideas. Consider what the specific clinical needs of your target population might be.
Where might your self-of-the-therapist issues come up while working with this group? What issues would you need to manage and what resources would you use to help you? What are the ethical considerations you would need to manage in running this group?
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