Examine Access to Group Treatment Opportunities in Your Community
Your task is to create an informational brochure to educate people in your community about groupwork and local organizations that provide group treatment. Your brochure must include the following:
A basic description of group work appropriate for your community audience
A description of at least two evidence-based group treatments
Information on three agencies in your community that provide group treatment and detailed descriptions of the groups they offer. Include all of the information that a member of the community would need in order to access services in each of these groups.
prepare a 1-2 page paper addressing your recommendation in addition to the brochure.
Support your assignment with at least three scholarly resources. In addition to these specified resources, other appropriate scholarly resources, including seminal articles, may be included.
Length: 3-5 brochure pages plus short video clip, not including title or reference pages
Your assignment should demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the ideas and concepts presented in the course by providing new thoughts and insights relating directly to this topic. Your response should reflect scholarly writing and current APA 7 standards where appropriate.
New York is one of the most populated cities in the United States, with a mixed composition of populations in terms of age, economic classes, social levels, and ethnicity. The city has numerous challenges, including lack of employment, high levels of substance use, and some parts being affected by criminal activities. These factors lead to anxiety and depression, parenting issues, substance use disorders, and coping issues for the new entrants. About 8% of the New York population experiences depression and anxiety symptoms, which is among the leading cities with high levels of depression (Lisa, 2021). Depression and anxiety have the highest incidence rates in New York, among other psychotic and mental disorders. Psychotherapy has proven to effectively control most of these issues, supporting positive behavioral change in individuals and general society. A study by Farshchi et al. (2018) indicated that group therapy effectively reduces depression and anxiety and increases compliance to treatment for patients suffering from Type 1 diabetes. Another study by Onyedibe et al. (2020) on the effectiveness of Group Cognitive Behavioral Therapy on Anxiety and Depression for breast cancer patients indicated that the patients increase positivity in life and reduce the levels of depression. Boroomandian et al. (2020) also through a study established that group sessions improved psychological distress among adolescent girls. This shows the importance of implementing group therapy.
The available agencies are well placed in countering the social issues affecting the New York population. The agencies have focused on substance use disorder, depression and anxiety disorders, and parenting issues, which are core issues within the city. The Four Bridges Social Work Services is a revered place of psychotherapy where patients with depression and anxiety symptoms experience a positive outcome after the group encounter sessions. The lead psychiatrist engages with members of the groups, providing a collaborative environment for learning. The other agencies also offer important services for the population, including adolescent behavioral changes and other life skills of coping with distress. The population should thus be informed about the existence, benefits, and effectiveness of engaging in group therapies for healing from cognitive-behavioral adversities. The cost per session should also be considered to encourage more people into the group sessions.
Boroomandian, N., Mohammadi, N., & Rahimi Taghanaki, C. (2020). Comparing the Effectiveness of Group Therapy by “Interaction and Psychodrama” on Emotional Awareness of Adolescent Girls with Psychological Distress. Journal of Psychological Achievements, 27(1), 1-22.
Farshchi, N., Kiani, Q., & Chiti, H. (2018). Effectiveness of group therapy reality in reducing depression, anxiety and increased compliance to treatment in patients with diabetic type 1. Journal of Advances in Medical and Biomedical Research, 26(117), 74-85.
Lisa, J. (2021). Understanding New York City’s Mental Health Challenge. ThriveNYC. https://www1.nyc.gov/nyc-resources/thrivenyc.page
Onyedibe, M. C. C., Nkechi, A. C., & Ifeagwazi, C. M. (2020). Effectiveness of Group Cognitive Behavioural Therapy on Anxiety and Depression for Nigerian Breast Cancer Patients. International journal of psychology and psychological therapy, 20(2), 223-232.
Shakeri, J., Ahmadi, S. M., Maleki, F., Hesami, M. R., Moghadam, A. P., Ahmadzade, A., … & Elahi, A. (2020). Effectiveness of group narrative therapy on depression, quality of life, and anxiety in people with amphetamine addiction: a randomized clinical trial. Iranian journal of medical sciences, 45(2), 91.