Discussion1: Group Dynamic

Discussion1: Group Dynamic

Support groups offer a place where individuals who are dealing with difficult situations or conditions can find support and comfort. Many hospitals and agencies offer support groups for individuals living with a serious illness such as breast cancer. Someone living with a diagnosis of breast cancer might feel isolated, and a support group allows members to share similar experiences and feel that they are not alone. It is the role of the social worker to oversee the group dynamic and ensure that all members feel comfortable and safe sharing a very intimate part of their lives.

For this Discussion, review the “Breast Cancer Support Group” case study.

· Post your description of the group dynamic (communication, cohesion, social integration, influence) of this support group. 

· Explain the interaction patterns and the level of group cohesion.

· Describe the social worker’s role in empowering members of the group.

· Explain the importance of empowerment in group work and strategies of empowerment that you might implement with this group.

References (use 3 or more)

Plummer, S.-B., Makris, S., & Brocksen, S. M. (Eds.). (2014). Social work case studies: Concentration year. Baltimore, MD: Laureate International Universities Publishing [Vital Source e-reader].

“Working With Groups: Breast Cancer Support Group” (pp. 35–36)

Toseland, R. W., & Rivas, R. F. (2017). An introduction to group work practice (8th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson.

Chapter 3, “Understanding Group Dynamics” (pp. 67–97)

Drumm, K. (2006). The essential power of group work. Social Work With Groups, 29(2–3), 17–31.

Van Uden-Kraan, C. F., Drossaert, C. H., Taal, E., Shaw, B. R., Seydel, E. R., & van de Laar, M. A. (2008). Empowering processes and outcomes of participation in online support groups for patients with breast cancer, arthritis, or fibromyalgia. Qualitative Health Research, 18(3), 405–417.

Working With Groups: Breast Cancer Support Group

I am a social worker employed in the oncology department of a hospital. The department offers a weekly support group for breast cancer survivors, which I facilitate. The department team decided the group would not be structured but would be revolving and open-ended. The support group meets every Wednesday morning from 10:00–11:00 a.m. in the conference room in the oncology building. I assisted the department in developing fliers, which were placed at the reception desk in the radiation department where they are given to patients as they sign in for their radiation treatment.

I currently have six women in the support group of varying ages and cultural backgrounds. Group attendance fluctuates due to the open-ended revolving status, and I can have as many as 10 women in a group at any given time. I facilitate this group in an informal manner, letting the conversation and topics flow as the patients direct. I encourage all the women to share, but there are a few who dominate the group and group topics, making it difficult for those who are not as outgoing to speak up and discuss what is on their minds. I have also noticed that the support group can deteriorate when the conversation focuses on forms of treatment and when the participants begin to compare treatments. This often causes some participants to panic and voice concerns that they may not be receiving proper or adequate treatment. At these times the group can become slightly chaotic with cross talking and the more dominant women offering suggestions. I have addressed this issue by reminding the group members that they have different stages and forms of breast cancer, and therefore treatment plans will vary.

While it was determined at its conception that this would primarily be a support group, I felt it might be more beneficial to the participants to have a more structured and topic-focused group. I met with my supervisor to discuss my concerns and the possibility of making some changes in the organization of the group. My supervisor listened to my concerns and suggested I go around the room giving each member of the support group an opportunity to discuss what is on their mind but was not inclined to make any other changes in the group structure.

After several similar group meetings, I met with my supervisor again to discuss the most recent sessions and the issues the patients presented to me. As a social worker, I felt it was important not just to listen closely to the needs they expressed, but also to provide the forum and support to meet those needs. I felt this included psychoeducation and structured topics for each week. My supervisor recognized my concerns and desire to make this a more meaningful and supportive experience for the patients but was unsure if administration would agree to make any changes to the current group structure. I asked if I could present the changes I would like to make and the rationalization for these changes at the next department meeting and was told I could.

I realized I could not address every concern that was presented to me by the patients, but I wanted to incorporate as many as possible. I developed a 6-week series that included discussion and information on developing family support by asking spouses and significant others to attend at least one session; nutrition information and meal planning with the assistance of our hospital dietitian; exercise plans developed with the physical therapy department; and information on complementary forms of treatment such as yoga and tai chi. I sought out venues such as local libraries and town centers where these classes were available for free or at minimal cost, and I suggested I could also lead a guided imagery group and teach relaxation techniques. I said I would also reach out to local shops for information and possibly recruit owners to be guest speakers to discuss how to choose a wig or purchase a prosthesis.

I met with my supervisor prior to the department meeting, and she reviewed and approved my presentation. I presented my plan to the department administration who informed me they will take it under advisement and let me know if I can move forward.

(Plummer 35-36)

Plummer, Sara-Beth, Sara Makris, Sally Brocksen. Social Work Case Studies: Concentration Year. Laureate Publishing, 10/21/13. VitalBook file.

Discussion 2:  Week 5 Blog

Referring to your process recording from last week, consider the topics covered in this week’s resources and incorporate them into your blog.

Post a blog post that includes:

· An explanation of how you have addressed intervention or how you might address intervention in your field education experience at a military mental health clinic

References (use 2 or more)

Birkenmaier, J., & Berg-Weger, M. (2018). The practicum companion for social work: Integrating class and fieldwork (4th ed.). New York, NY: Pearson.

Chapter 7, “Social Work Practice in the Field: Working with Groups” (pp. 156-185)

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Review The Case Informed Consent In Louisiana – Lugenbuhl V. Dowling

1. Review the case Informed Consent in Louisiana – Lugenbuhl v. Dowling.

2. First, identify the elements of the legal citation- plaintiff, defendant, court, location of case etc.

3. Explain the meaning and importance of the doctrine of informed consent.

4. Discuss why we have this doctrine and what would happen if we did not.

5. Discuss the two elements that must be present for informed consent to exist under the law.

6. In a legal case of negligence and liability explain why the basis for negligence may be battery, unconsented touching, or breach of a duty imposed on the doctor to disclose material information.

7. Explain the elements that must be present for a patient to give informed consent.


1. Limit your responses to a maximum of four pages, not including title and reference list pages.

2. Be sure to utilize at least 3-4 scholarly references to support your discussions.

3. Be sure to properly cite your references within the text of your assignment and listed at the end.

4. Be sure to apply critical thinking skills to the write-up of your assignment, especially numbers 3, 4, and 5 above.

Use APA format, 12 PT, Double-spaced

I will provide the references

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Narrative Illness

Task description:

  • Students are to engage with a consumer who is experiencing illness or who has had previous contact with the health care system.
  • Students are to produce a narrative piece of writing structured under Borton’s Framework for Reflection’s What? So What? and Now What? headings.

What?              Students are to provide a synopsis of the consumer interaction (What did they say? / What happened to the consumer? / What was their experience?).

So What?        Students are to provide a detailed exploration of the narratives of the consumer health journey  with reference to the three narrative theories discussed in week 1. (What does it all mean? / What are the underlying themes? / What narrative theory is evident?).

Now What?    Students are to provide an insightful reflection around how the interaction has contributed to their    professional development (How the experience will make you a better nurse?).

Use the following structure as a guide for your assignment:

  1. Cover page or header with the unit number, unit title, assignment title and your student number (not included in word count).
  2. Introduction: Approximately 150 words, including in-text citations.
  3. What?  Synopsis of the consumer’s story (Approximately 400 words, including in-text citations).
  4. So What?  Exploration of the consumer’s narratives and narrative theory (Approximately 400 words, including in-text citations).
  5. Now what? Refection on professional development (Approximately 400 words, including in-text citations).
  6. Conclusion: Sum up the consumer journey/narratives/reflection (approximately 150 words, including in-text citations).
  7. Reference list (not included in the word count).


  • Assignments should adhere to academic writing principals.
  • Students should use either Arial, Calibri or Times New Roman font styles in size 11 or 12. Assignments should be 1.5 or double spaced.
  • Please only write in the first or third person for this assignment. You may prefer to use a combination of both (eg: third person for the introduction, What? and So what? parts and first person in the Now what? and conclusion).
  • Students MUST use de-identified names for when referring to the consumer in your assignment. This is to protect their confidentiality.
  • Feel free to use headings to differentiate each section of your assignment (eg: What?, So What? and Now What?).
  • There is no minimum number of references for this assignment however Borton’s Framework for Reflection should be referenced appropriately.
  • Assignments should be first submitted through the URKUND portal in Canvas. Please review your URKUND result and make appropriate amendments (if required) prior to your final submission in the Assignment 1 portal on Canvas to avoid plagiarism.

Marking and moderation

  • Marking and moderation processes will be actioned in accordance with university policy.
  • Prior to the start of marking, a sample of 2-3 assignments will be individually marked by all members of the marking team.
  • Final marks and comments will then be discussed amongst the group to standardise the assignment expectations and marking process.
  • All assignments will be marked blind to student names (student IDs only visible).
  • All fail marks plus a cross section of all other marks (pass, credit, distinction and high distinctions) across all classes will be moderated.
  • Where there is a discrepancy between the marks awarded by the first and second marker, the average mark will be awarded.
  • If there is a student grievance around the marking, a third person will mark the assignment.

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Experimental Psychology

Question #3: Develop and state your own research hypothesis and its corresponding two statistical hypotheses [i.e., the alternative hypothesis (H1) and the null hypothesis (H0)]. Describe the relationships between the two statistical hypotheses; the relationship between the alternative hypothesis and the research hypothesis; and state the two possible results after hypothesis testing. How do Type I and Type II errors relate the alternative and null hypotheses?

Question #4: Ivan adopted a 3 x 4 mixed factorial design to study the effects of A and B on a dependent variable. Factor A (IV #1) is a between-subjects variable. Factor B (IV #2) is a within- subjects (repeated) variable. In order to control for possible order effects, Ivan decided to use complete counterbalancing. Please answer the following questions and justify your answer.

(a) How many groups of participants are required in Ivan’s experiment?
(b) How many conditions need to be counterbalanced?
(c) How many sequences need to be enumerated? Why?
(d) If Ivan wanted to include five participants for each sequence, then, how many participants are

required in his experiment?

Question #5: Educational psychologists were interested in the impact the “Just Say No!” Programand contracts on drunk driving among teens. This program was a pilot program. The investigators identified gender as a participant characteristic highly related to alcohol use among teens that would require a matching strategy and analysis statistically. With the cooperation of school officials, 16- year-old students were matched and randomly assigned with equal numbers of males and females in each group. Group A participated in a “Just Say No!” program, which required a one-hour information session instead of P.E. for six weeks. Students were presented with written factual information, motivational lectures, guidance films, and assertiveness training. Students were also encouraged to sign a personal responsibility contract that stipulated that they would not drink and drive. Group B participated in regular P. E. classes for the six-week experimental period. A two- factor factorial analysis was used to analyze the data. Please answer the following questions and justify your answer.

(a) Identify the experimental design.
(b) What is the independent variable? What is the dependent variable?
(c) Diagram this experimental design.
(d) What are the potential confounds?
(e) How many main effects, interaction effects, simple main effects of A, and simple main effects

of B are there?

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Family Health Assessment Part 2 750 Words

Refer back to the interview and evaluation you conducted in the Topic 2 Family Health Assessment assignment. Identify the social determinates of health (SDOH) contributing to the family’s health status. In a 750-1,000-word paper, create a plan of action to incorporate health promotion strategies for this family. Include the following:

  1. Describe the SDOH that affect the family health status. What is the impact of these SDOH on the family? Discuss why these factors are prevalent for this family.
  2. Based on the information gathered through the family health assessment, recommend age-appropriate screenings for each family member. Provide support and rationale for your suggestions.
  3. Choose a health model to assist in creating a plan of action. Describe the model selected. Discuss the reasons why this health model is the best choice for this family. Provide rationale for your reasoning.
  4. Using the model, outline the steps for a family-centered health promotion. Include strategies for communication.

Cite at least three peer-reviewed or scholarly sources to complete this assignment. Sources should be published within the last 5 years and appropriate for the assignment criteria.

Part 1 attached, please use the paper from part 1 to answer and respond for this paper.

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carrying out a mental state examination (MSE)

For this assignment, you will need to reflect on your values, beliefs, opinions and learnings about mental health and illness. Begin from the position of recognising your understandings about mental health and illness prior to beginning this unit and then reflecting on which views, beliefs and opinions have changed (or not) over the past five weeks. This requires a level of self-awareness and is designed to further increase your self-awareness. Describe what you have learned about yourself, others, and society generally.


While this assignment is about YOU and your experiences/beliefs/values/opinions, you still need to refer to the literature to support some of your ideas. This demonstrates that you have thought more deeply and critically about this reflection.


Systematic Reflection Must Includes these parts as they are from our lectures…AND ALSO MUST READ ALL THE GIVEN LECTURES WEEK 1 ,WEEK 2 , WEEK 3  ATTACHMENTS BELOW TO WRITE SYSTEMATIC REFLECTION ….


  • mental health
  • mental illness
  • stigma
  • recovery
  • therapeutic use of self
  • The Safewards Model
  • biopsychosocial assessment
  • carrying out a mental state examination (MSE)
  • assessment of risk for aggression, suicide, absconding and vulnerability to victimisation
  • clinical formulation
  • Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
  • recognising symptoms of anxiety
  • developing a clinical formulation for a person with anxiety
  • applying Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs to prioritise care needs
  • mindfulness as a strategy for mental health care.


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Group Behavior Case Study

Group Behavior Case Study

You learned that group behavior can influence human behavior and society as a whole. You will now have an opportunity to apply your understanding of the dimensions and theoretical perspectives that influence human behavior and identify services that promote healthy functioning. In this assignment, you will generate a case study on group behavior that resulted in a negative outcome. You will then create a report applying two behavioral theories and provide recommendations for effective behavioral strategies or other services.


In an 8- to 10-page paper:

  • Describe a case example of group behavior that resulted in a negative outcome (for example, hazing or bullying) in a community or social service setting. Explain the rationale for selecting this group and setting.
  • Identify a minimum of two behavior models and theories that apply to the example and highlight the manner in which the setting influences the behavioral outcomes. Justify your chosen models and theories.
  • Recommend specific effective behavioral strategies and services that can improve healthy functioning of the group.

Submission Details:

  • By the due date assigned, prepare an 8- to 10-page analysis paper. Your response should rely upon at least three sources from professional literature. This may include the Argosy University online library resources, relevant textbooks, peer-reviewed journal articles, and websites created by professional organizations, agencies, or institutions (.edu, .org, or .gov). Write in a clear, concise, and organized manner; demonstrate ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources (i.e., APA format); and use accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
  • Save your paper in a Microsoft Word document with the name M5_A2_LastName_FirstInitial.doc, and upload it to the Submissions Area.

This RA 2 is worth 300 points and will be graded according to the following rubric.

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Case Study- Class Is Ccou2

Topic: Ethics

According to Clinton & Ohlschlager (2002), ethics are differentiated from values in that they are a code established by an individual or group which constitutes right conduct. As you begin your journey in counseling, ethics will be one of the vital cornerstones you practice to ensure that you do not harm your clients in any way. It is critical that you as a counselor have a detailed understanding and firm grasp on what is ethical and unethical in the field of Christian counseling. Failure to do so may result in an unintentional breach of ethics and, in turn, may possibly harm your client.

Use the AACC code of ethics found in Clinton and Ohlschlager (2002) to answer the following questions.

What are some ethical red flags in the chosen scenario?

Has the counselor already acted in any way that is unethical?

Was there anything that should have been done differently to avoid the ethical breaches?

Ethically speaking, what should be the counselor’s next steps?

Provide the code of ethics section number (ex: 1-122) where applicable. Also, share your personal definition of ethics.

· A lay counselor is employed by a church in the city to conduct lay counseling for the church members and the public. Jerry, a devout Jehovah’s Witness, comes to see the counselor because he is struggling with gambling. The counselor respectfully tells him that he cannot see him because he is a Christian counselor and the client is not a Christian. Jerry pleads with the counselor, explaining that he really needs help with gambling and his religion will not be a part of the counseling process. Reluctantly, the counselor agrees to see him. Jerry’s marriage is doing well, his two children are also doing well, and his household has little conflict. He admits that he gambles as a way of release because he often gets anxious. Upon further inquiry, the counselor learns that Jerry tends to gamble on Saturdays after witnessing door-to-door. Jerry notes that, while witnessing, he gets rejected often and sometimes people are very rude. He says that, when he finishes witnessing, he feels very anxious, so he goes out and gambles. Also, Jerry tells the counselor that he has not felt very close to God lately and the he feels it has exacerbated his gambling problem.

Caution: Do not merely give your opinion. In order to correctly complete this Case Study, you must use the AACC code of ethics as your guideline


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How Big Is Your Protein Footprint?

One function of lipid is to provide energy. Glucose is our body’s preferred energy source, but fatty acids provide an alternative energy source when needed.

Protein is the third essential macro-nutrient. This forum explores in more depth lipid and protein.How big is your protein footprint?  Does a meat-rich diet have an adverse impact on our environment?  Does it contribute to global warming?You need to state your thesis and support it with evidence and at least one outside, reputable reference. Your textbook is not an outside reference. Remember, there is no right or wrong.

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Health Care Issues

Create a 3-5-page annotated bibliography and summary based on your research related to best practices addressing one of the health care problems or issues in the Assessment Topic Areas media piece faced by a health care organization that is of interest to you.


In your professional life you will need to find credible evidence to support your decisions and your plans of action. You will want to keep abreast of best practices to help your organization adapt to the ever-changing health care environment. Being adept at research will help you find the information you need. For this assessment, you will review the Assessment Topic Areas media piece and select one of the health care problems or issues to research a current health care problem or issue faced by a health care organization that is of interest to you.

Demonstration of Proficiency

By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following course competencies and assessment criteria:

  • Competency       1: Apply information literacy and library research skills to obtain       scholarly information in the field of health care.
    • Identify        academic peer-reviewed journal articles relevant to a health care        problem or issue and describe the criteria used for the literature        search.
  • Competency       2: Apply scholarly information through critical thinking to solve       problems in the field of health care.
    • Assess        the credibility and relevance of information sources.
    • Summarize        what was learned from developing an annotated bibliography.
    • Analyze        academic peer-reviewed journal articles using the annotated bibliography        organizational format.
  • Competency       4: Communicate in a manner that is scholarly, professional, and       respectful of the diversity, dignity, and integrity of others, and that       is consistent with expectations for health care professionals.
    • Summarize        a health care problem or issue and describe a personal interest in it        and experience with it.
    • Write        clearly and logically, with correct use of spelling, grammar,        punctuation, and mechanics.
    • Write        following APA style for in-text citations, quotes, and references.


Note: The requirements outlined below correspond to the grading criteria in the scoring guide. At a minimum, be sure to address each point. In addition, you are encouraged to review the performance level descriptions for each criterion to see how your work will be assessed.

For this assessment, you will research best practices related to a current health care problem. Your selected problem or issue will be utilized again in Assessment 3. To explore your chosen topic, you should use the first two steps of the Socratic Problem-Solving Approach to aid your critical thinking.

4. View the Assessment Topic Areas | Transcript media piece and select one of the health care problems or issues in the media piece to research. Write a brief overview of the selected topic. In your overview:

  • Describe        the health care problem or issue.
  • Describe        your interest in the topic.
  • Describe        any professional experience you have with this topic.

5. Conduct a search for scholarly or academic peer-reviewed literature related to the topic and describe the criteria you used to search for articles, including the names of the databases you used.

  • You        will want to access the applicable Undergraduate Library Research Guide        related to your degree for tips to help you in your search.
  • Use        keywords related to the health care problem or issue you are researching        to select relevant articles.

6. Assess the credibility of the information sources you find.

  • Determine        if the source is from an academic peer-reviewed journal.
  • Determine        if the publication is current.
  • Determine        if information in the academic peer-reviewed journal article is still        relevant.

7. Select four current scholarly or academic peer-reviewed journal articles published during the past three to five years that relate to your topic.

8. Explain the relevance of the information sources.

  • Describe        how the health care problem or issue is addressed in each source.
  • Discuss        what kind of contribution each source provides on your selected topic.

9. Analyze the scholarly literature or academic peer-reviewed journal articles using the annotated bibliography organizational format.

  • The        purpose of an annotated bibliography is to document a list of references        along with key information about each one. The detail about the        reference is the annotation. Developing this annotated bibliography will        create a foundation of knowledge about the selected topic.
  • List        the full reference for the source in APA format (author, date, title,        publisher, et cetera) and use APA format for the annotated        bibliography.
  • Make        sure the references are listed in alphabetical order, are double-spaced,        and use hanging indents.
  • Follow        the reference with the annotation.

10. In your annotation:

  • Identify        the purpose of the article.
  • Summarize        the source:
    • What         are the main arguments?
    • What         topics are covered?
  • Include        the conclusions and findings of the article.
  • Write        your annotation in a paragraph form. The annotation should be        approximately 150 words (1 to 3 paragraphs) in length.

11. In a separate paragraph or two at the end of the paper, summarize what you learned from your research.

  • List        the main points you learned from your research.
  • Summarize        the main contributions of the sources you chose and how they enhanced        your knowledge about the topic.

Example Assessment: You may use the following to give you an idea of what a Proficient or higher rating on the scoring guide would look like:

  • Assessment       2 Example [PDF].

Additional Requirements

  1. Length:       At least 3–5 typed, double-spaced pages, not including the title page and       reference page.
  2. Font       and font size: Times New Roman, 12 point.
  3. APA       Template: Use the APA template linked in the resources. Use the APA Style       Paper Template [DOCX] as the paper format and the APA Style Paper       Tutorial [DOCX] for guidance.
  4. Written       communication: Write clearly and logically, with correct use of spelling,       grammar, punctuation, and mechanics.
  5. Content:       Provide a title page and reference page following APA style.
  6. References:       Use at least four scholarly or academic peer-reviewed journal articles.
  7. APA       format: Follow current APA guidelines for in-text citation of outside       sources in the body of your paper and also on the reference page.

Note: Review the Applying Research Skills Scoring Guide for the grading criteria applied to this assessment.

If you would like assistance in organizing your assessment, or if you simply have a question about your assessment, please do not hesitate to ask faculty or the teaching assistants in the for guidance and suggestions.

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