Essay Adolescents and Counseling

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Adolescents in Group Counseling
Many children and adolescents face developmental or situational difficulties in areas where they live most of their meaningful experiences—at home, at school, and in the community. While adults who struggle with life events and stressors may look to professional help, young individuals are quite alone in coping with these situations. Perhaps unsurprisingly, most children and adolescents typically do not seek such help, and often resist it when offered. (Shectman, 2006). Adolescents who have a difficult time managing their emotions, such as anger, are often put together in a group setting to help change this behavior. A few of themes for group counseling may include, but not limited to: coping with death or
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Activities in the group Projective Group Therapy
A form of group therapy that has been reported to be effective in psychotic adolescents and recovering addicts is Projective group therapy it uses an outside text such as a novel or motion picture to provide a "stable delusion" for the former cohort and a safe focus for repressed and suppressed emotions or thoughts in the latter. (Gianni, 2001) Patient groups read a novel or collectively view a film. They then participate collectively in the discussion of plot, character motivation and author motivation. In the case of films, sound track, cinematography and background are also discussed and processed. Under the guidance of the therapist, defense mechanisms are bypassed by the use of signifiers and semiotic processes. The focus remains on the text rather than on personal issues. (Gianni, 1993)
Music Therapy
There are two approaches to music therapy for children: The therapy session can be one-on-one or in a group setting—both work very well (Bunt & Hoskyns, 2002). When a therapist meets with a child for the first time, it is good for the therapist and the child to come up with goals for him or her to meet during the duration together. (Nordoff & Robbins 1971). Music therapy can help children with communication problems, attention, motivation, and

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