Values and the Opportunities for Group Approaches the Challenges and the Methods to Meet Them

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The researcher states that today people are system thinkers and are sophisticated in terms of knowledge particularly on how outsized systems influence the individuals, families and small groups. However, Breton notes curiously that, failure to apply the knowledge to incorporate individuals and small groups into the large systems has delayed the whole process of social and policy change efforts. Group intervention programs may be projected from numerous angles, which may include group counseling, cognitive behavior, specialty groups and family counseling. This paper intends to examine group intervention attributed to cognitive behavior intended to change a group of individuals who abuse substances. Cognitive behavior emphasizes on interventions that will enable the victim to have a changed mind on beliefs and values. It is imperative to note that cognitive behavior approach applies communication as its main instrument of imparting change related knowledge. However, it should be noted that communication as a tool of operation has its own limitations, which include misinterpretation and misunderstanding. The two shortcomings can be avoided or occur in low-levels. This is through asking individualized questions on the relevant subtopic or topic of engagement. Breton sounds skeptical on the trend advanced towards therapy. Breton asserts that social work is quickly becoming a form of psychotherapy consequently. the role to be played by social groups is likely to diminish depending on the magnitude of the trend. The researcher’s population is mandated and voluntary substance abusers. It is called Creedmoor addiction treatment, center agency ideology on group methods. It is intended to help group members by stimulating communication amongst them. The agency is working individually and to some extent with different models of such kind, in producing improved outcomes for group members and families. The agency services both mandated and voluntary clients from 18 through their sixties as long as they fit the criteria of their guidelines concerning financial capacity and that of fitting substance abusers.