Pediatric Oncology Support Group for Parents and Families Essay

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IX Composition and Structure A. Criteria for member inclusion/exclusion:
Correct and detailed composition of the group is necessary for performing the pediatric oncology for the recruited members, and there lies two classes: heterogeneity and homogeneity. The model of homogeneity is the one where members having the similar purpose for being in the group, and have some personal characteristics in common, which helps in communication and bonding that helps members to identify and relate to each other’s concerns. My inclusion requirements for how people fit within the criteria and those who don’t depends on if the families have a child diagnosed with cancer and/or who are currently within the hospital. For the exclusion, it would
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I should also be positive that all the individual needs can be met within this group, if not, I would have to refer them to other services that would meet their specific needs. In this case, the parents would need to call for prior screening and information about the start date of the group or putting their names on a list for future groups. Every member must agree to meet for the set time and making their commitment on attending each meeting because another’s experience may actually help someone else in the group. That type of interaction is valuable and encouraging, as well as rewarding. The level of disclosure within the group is expected to be high, which requires a high degree of confidentiality. It would be better to have the group closed to be able to provide the best comforting atmosphere for the parents and family members. This would also make the planning for the group sessions easier.
C. Time factors:
Based on my decision of having a closed group, I can offer the support and educational group for eight sessions every Monday for 1 ½ hours from 5:30pm to 7:00pm. There will be one session at the beginning, where the facilitator does a brief orientation, offers support, and opens the floor for a group discussion for the members to share their own stories. The final session will conclude with the facilitator offering their final words of support and for everyone to share about their

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