Leading a group of individuals who have suffered trauma can be difficult because the shared stories may result in further


Leading a group of individuals who have suffered trauma can be difficult because the shared stories may result in further trauma to some of the members. Assessing the members and deciding how they will introduce themselves at the first meeting can be a difficult task. Helping these members begin the group therapy process is the first step in facilitating the group.For this Discussion, watch the video of the “Levy” group session.By Day 3Post your evaluation of the group’s social worker’s leadership skills, using at least two items from each of the three categories found in the Toseland & Rivas (2017) piece (facilitation of group processes, data gathering and assessment, and action). Suggest another way the social worker might have initiated the group conversation.Required ReadingsToseland, R. W., & Rivas, R. F. (2017). An introduction to group work practice (8th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson.Chapter 4, “Leadership” (pp. 97-134)Chapter 5, “Leadership and Diversity”Westwood, M. J., McLean, H., Cave, D., Borgen, W., & Slakov, P. (2010). Coming home: A group-based approach for assisting military veterans in transition.Journal for Specialists in Group Work,35(1), 44–68.Required MediaLaureate Education. (Producer). (2013d). Levy (Episode 6) [Video file]. In Sessions. Baltimore, MD: Producer. Retrieved from https://class.waldenu.eduNote: The approximate length of this media piece is 4 minutes.Levy Family Episode 6 Program Transcript FEMALE SPEAKER: I know three of you did tours of duty in Iraq, and the others in Afghanistan. So I just wanted to follow up on that, talk about how youre adjusting. [MUSIC PLAYING] MALE SPEAKER 1: You say adjust to, but theres no adjustment. Youre just thrown back into your life like youre supposed to pick up where you left off, but thats a joke. Two years ago, I was dug in, pinned down by 50 Cal sniper fire, just praying the chopper would get me out alive. Now, the hardest part of my day is standing in the grocery store trying to decide if I want yellow or brown mustard with my hot dogs. JAKE: Nah, two six packs or a case. FEMALE SPEAKER: You find that you drink more than you used to? JAKE: Why not ask him if he finds hes eating more hot dogs than he used to? BILL: You know why? JAKE: Why is that? Oh great, Buddha. BILL: Because Ive been where you are. You talk about booze like its some joke, but nobodys laughing. You cant get adjusted to anything when youre trying to get loaded. JAKE: I guess you wont be joining me for a drink at the bar later. I was going to buy. FEMALE SPEAKER: No, thats a good point, Bill. Sometimes we do things to avoid dealing with unpleasant feelings, like adjusting to life back at home. JAKE: What do you know about it? Give me a break. Back off, or Ill make you. BILL: I drink too much too. But Ive had enough of you mouthing off. JAKE: My wifes had enough of me too. Shes the reason Im here. We never used to fight. I never used to drink so much, but now I cant stop myself from doing either. FEMALE SPEAKER: So why do you drink too much? ©2013 Laureate Education, Inc. 1 Levy Family Episode 6 BILL: Its the only way I can shut it out, images of what I saw over there, horrible things that no one should ever have to see. I wake up some nights and I hear mortar rounds coming in. And I reach for my helmet and my weapon, but theyre not there. So I freak out. And then I see pretty curtains. TVS on. And then I remember Im at home. I realize Im not going to get blown up after all. FEMALE SPEAKER: Thanks for sharing, Jake. You make a good point. It can seem a lot easier to self medicate rather than face the fears, the bad memories that we have. So what do you think? What are some other things, maybe, you do to avoid the challenge to being a civilian again?

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