By Nina W. Brown
Concentrating on concept and healing elements and functions, this paintings will offer workforce leaders and counselors operating with childrens with a conceptual foundation and particular thoughts to be used in remedy, counseling, and healing teams. It proposes that teams be shaped round issues of (such as loss), instead of subject matters of situation (such as divorce). Forming the gang, chief features, and the expression of emotions and feelings are emphasised by way of the writer. This paintings should be of curiosity to all psychological wellbeing and fitness pros operating with children--school counselors, social employees, psychologists, and psychiatrists.
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It is also possible that, for some Yalom's Therapeutic Factors 37 things, children perceive the leader as being so far along in development that they could not hope to imitate the leader's behavior. In these cases, it would be more likely that a peer who is further along in his/her development would be perceived as the model. Both leaders and members can serve as models for desired behaviors. Another effect of imitative behavior that is therapeutic is finding out that others may have had the same feelings, been in similar situations, or wondered about the same things.
Imparting of Information Anyone who has worked with children in any capacity understands that they easily acquire misinformation and internalize experiences in unique ways. They use language in a personal way which can lead to misunderstandings. The value of this therapeutic factor cannot be underestimated when working with children, and a group setting provides a wonderful opportunity to deal with several aspects of imparting information at one time. There may even be similarities of misinformation or misperceptions for group members.
Some techniques to encourage appropriate expression of feelings are in Chapters 8 and 9. Yalom (1985) notes that "given enough time, every patient will begin to be him or herself.... " The key concept is time. Some individuals may be very adept at hiding their underlying problems/issues/concerns and it takes a long time before they act them out in the group. The time factor is certainly a constraint when doing brief counseling as there may not be enough time available to sit back and allow the problems/issues/concerns to emerge.