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Case Vignette 1This case involves a busy mental health clinic that is under staffed Counselors are under some pressure to do group work as a way of dealingwith more clients in a given time A counselor decides to organize agroup by putting a notice on the bulletin board in the clinic and bysending a memo to her colleagues asking for candidates There are noprovisions for individual screening of potential members no writtenannouncement informing the members of the goals and purposes of thegroup and no preparation is done for the incoming members Noinformation is given to the members about the leaders qualificationsbackground possible techniques to be used expectations and so forth The receptionist is asked to admit the first 12 people who come to signup or who call The receptionist puts people into the group as theyinquire regardless of the nature of their problems and they are simplytold to show up at the first meeting The group consists of 8 women ofCaucasian and Latino descent 4 men of Caucasian and African Americandescent At the first meeting the entire group time is taken up by a depressedand suicidal member Thus no time is devoted to even minimalorientation to group goals and procedures there is nogetting-acquainted process no discussion of norms and policies and noattempt to inform the members of the specific nature of the group Manyof the members are frightened by the intensity of this clients crisisand several members do not return for the next session This mental health clinic was going through a very critical situationit had a limitation in the way the members were selected Most of thecrucial steps when conforming a group were missed such as announcingand recruiting members in the appropriate manner Additionally thescreening process and selecting the members of the group were also notconducted in an effective manner Corey 2009 p114 All these factorscan contribute to a failure in the therapy outcome The screening process
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