Mental Health Reflection Paper

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During mental health clinical on February 1, 2016 I observed two therapy sessions lead by Debby Richmond at Bridgehaven. As I waited for Debby to give me a tour I was approached by several people using the services in the facility. I was looking at the art work and was greeted by one individual lady who actually helped give the tour. After the tour I was educated about the facility and what they do and later attended the therapy sessions. The focus of the first therapy session was women’s issues. This group consisted of all women ranging from younger aged women in their twenties to older women in their sixties. Many of these women had suffered years of abuse, some abuse afflicted were from early childhood and other abuse incurred in adulthood …show more content…
I was sitting next to this group member and later after the meeting ended I found out that she had been tragically abused by her family and had many issues with men in general. It was brought to my attention that she usually feels very uneasy around men and that if Debby the group leader had remembered, she would not have pulled up a chair in that precise position around the table where I sat next to her. I did observe this woman and I could see suffering from her facial expression as she read her poem. Many of these women have had tragic relationships ending in numerous counts of rape and physical abuse. It was horrifying to hear some of the individual accounts of what they went through. No one should be subjected to the pain that these women have went through. I feel as if it is like a lottery but instead of winning something you get abused and scarred for life. At the end of the first therapy session I remained and talked with a few of the participants. They were very open to talk and share their progress within the program and told me that if it was not for Bridgehaven they would have no social life and just stay home all …show more content…
The women who joined the group were all from the first group I attended except one. The one women who was new to the group had the spotlight because she was having major problems with custody battle with her eleven-month old daughter. This group’s focus was on self-determination. All the individuals had a sense of what self-determination was and there were steps to achieving this. Five steps were discussed for achieving success in self-determination. The first step was to decide what you are going to do and is it the right thing you, your goal(s) in other words. The second step is developing a plan to meet your goals. Following the second step is determining what help you may need to achieve what you have decided to do or your meet your goal. Then you must determine what help you need for each part of your plan for achieving success. The next step is record your progress by finding a way to maintain documentation of your progress. Finally the fifth step is to disseminate by sharing what you did and what you learned throughout this process. All the members of this group were concerned for one another by reinforcing positive comments and ideas to help the others. Even though this group was focused on the self-determination aspect individual goals were shared and discussed in order to get clarity on ways in achieving these individual goals. Much focus was on the individual young lady

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