Group Counseling Proposal: Grief and Divorce Recovery Group

Notwithstanding that, children of divorced parents may not always think about their parents divorce, their lives get ingeniously impacted. A separation or a divorce affects children, adult children and almost hold some persistent impacts. As a result, counseling divorce families is important because when a family decides to go separate ways, children are affected. Moreover, divorce comes with increased emotions, and to handle these emotions, parents may look for assistance of qualified counselors. .Carter (2011) confirms that children from divorce families experiencing difficulties handling their parents divorce can get help from counselors. In this regard, the purpose of this proposal is to help students from divorced families develop coping strategies to manage their grief and stress following their parent's divorce

Introduction and Rationale

In the contemporary world, divorce is increasingly becoming a lifestyle for scores of people. Many children have become a section of divorced families, and it is predictable that more than 1/3 of a country's children experiences effects of divorce before they attain 18 years. In all societal levels, it seems that most families are attempting to ensure that their marriages work, but divorce in the modern world in unavoidable. Single parenthood is increasingly becoming acceptable and prevalent in the modern society. Single parents bring up One third of children, and it is necessary that both children and their parents learn on how to muddle through divorce ramifications. Fifty percent of American children witness their parents' divorce, while half of these children witness the breakups of their parents' second marriages. Additionally, forty percent of children in American are brought up without their fathers.

According to Thomspson & Lenderson (2010), single-parent families are on the rise, a trend that is not only augmenting rates of divorce, but also change values and attitudes regarding a family particularly in the younger generation. International comparisons indicated that the United States of America record the highest divorce rate, with Australia, United Kingdom, and New Zealand having lower rates, but akin to each other. The last decade records significant rise in studies ascertaining the impacts of divorce and family structures on young people and children. Analysis of longitudinal National Child Development studies carried out in 1997 offers findings that emphasize poorer economic and educational outcomes for persons who brought up in families affected by divorce (Harway, 2005). Studies indicate that children who experiences repeat divorces get lower academic results, while 35% of teenagers from divorced families require psychological assistance following their parents divorce. Divorced families experience increased psychological problems compared to deceased children. Harway (2005). further asserts that 28% of young people in Britain will experience their parents divorce before turning 16 years. Such statistics highlight the importance of complete comprehension of the effects of divorce. As a result, I have encountered several references to the significance of counseling divorce families to help them handle their grief and recovery from the divorce

Physical set up

A well-illuminated, spacious and cool room can contribute to flourishing group development, besides avoiding premature termination. A spacious room will enhance free movements and interactions among members.

Group Set-up

The group will entail eight students from divorced families, and the group will be operational for 12-week for 1.5 hours each week. A number of eight participants are ideal because this is a group of counseling. The objective of small size of the group is to allow for division of participants into their small groups for the week, provide the prospect for members of the group to know each other and to help participants to identify one personal growth for development (Sklare, 2005).

The duration of the counseling session twelve weeks is feasible given that it will enable almost two weeks for screening and recruiting potential participants. The group will be meeting after classes in order to accommodate the frenzied class program.

The group will adopt a circle format. During every session, the respondents will sit in a circle where they will have the chance to face each other. The circle format is one of the most ancient, profound and the simplest techniques for assisting to bring forth a given group's shared aptitude, and it promotes people sitting practice, listening cautiously and speaking from deep down their hearts (Dryden & Reeves, 2008). This format promotes a core on dialogue and will allow the participants to explore and learn together in an open-ended manner.

Group Counseling Sessions

The proposed group counseling will be provided to a group of youths from the surrounding community. The counseling will take 1.5 every week. Several weeks following the experience of the group, the participants will be called back to a follow-up session.

Session 1: Introduction to the Group

Time Allocated: 1.5 hours

Supplies: Writing materials, pencils and diaries

Group Set Up: Circle

Rationale

The circle format will enhance authority and significance. The aim of this set-up is to allow each member a full and open attitude to other group members.

Objectives

The main objective of this session is to ensure completion of victorious introduction of all group members, and divide the members into their small groups or dyads

Every member will get the chance to know each other and determine ones personal growth objective.

The requirements of the group will be discussed

Session 2: How to develop coping strategies

Time Allocated: 1.5 hours

Supplies: Writing materials, a diary and a pen

Group Set-up: Circle Format

Rationale

The circle format enhances a connectedness amid the respondents, besides reinforcing information sharing and promotes the process of learning.

Objectives

Individuals participating in the counseling experience are chosen because of their illustrated intricacies in dealing with grief following divorce of their parents. The participants requires numerous novel skills and the support to reinforce their potential to handle their grief and learn how to cope with the divorce and move forward. During this session, the participants:

Need to acknowledge the fact that their parents are divorced

Need to comprehend that they cannot change their parents decisions through sorrow or grief

Need to handle their grief and embrace the recovery process

Need to understand that life does not end with divorce of their parents

Need to obtain skills to facilitate their recovery process and handle their emotions, hate and anger

Need to be self-reliant and in control of the problem facing them

Need practical solutions and not grief, to their current problem

Need to withdraw from any conflict that their parents might be having

Session 3: Developing Skills Through Task Completion and Discussion

Supplies: Writing materials, Posters, Printed manuals and handouts

Group Set-up: Circle

Rationale

The circle format promotes a focal point on dialogue, and allows the participants to explore and learn together in an open-ended manner

Objectives

Developing comfort

Developing energy

Processing information and group exercises

Finishing the tasks

Getting all members together and enhance interaction

Needs of the Group

Following divorce, children often experience multiple stressors. By understanding that things in their once close-knit family are changing as a result of divorce, children develop emotions that instigate mental health issues. However, these children need to learn to deal with numerous changes that the family is bound to experience (Harway, 2005). Children may move away from their familial home or perhaps change school. The change of environment influences their social life completely as it takes time for these children to adapt to their new setting, make friends and socialize. Children from divorce families may be living in two different homes, hence requires becoming more accountable. The custodial blood relation may become psychologically or physically less accessible for children because of augmented demands (Harway, 2005). Usually, children from divorced families' centers in the immediate negative impacts of their family's separation, and they do not seek comfort in understanding that other divorced families have coped with the grief and have recovered and are doing just fine. Scores of children from divorced families will recover from grief and adjust, but some constantly experiences great issues into adulthood (Prever, 2010). As a result this session will help participant develop comfort from each other, share their concerns and build up energy to move on. Moreover, people need to hear what other people in the same situation are feeling and how they cope with divorce grief .They will be involved in tasks such as

Session 4: Activities of assisting groups 'members in solving their intricate problems

Supplies: Posters, whiteboard, flip chart, printed manuals and handouts, CD player, Video recorder and writing materials

Group Set-up: Circle

Rationale

The circle format brings forth a given group's shared astuteness and it promotes people sitting practice, interpersonal and social skills and.

Objectives

The purpose of this group counseling is to help students from divorced families develop coping strategies to manage their grief and stress following their parent's divorce. The participants will understand

Suitable means to respond to their current situation

A supportive social-solving model

An easy-to -- use conflict self-monitoring mechanism

The counseling group perspective will help in addressing the activities of assisting group's respondents in solving their intricate problems linked to…