Group Observation

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Group Observation Paper


Groups talk about goals in different ways, using different words. Some groups have major and minor goals or meta- and micro-goals; others divide goals into mission, purpose or goal, and objectives, while other groups talk about aims and expectations. A group is strengthened to the extent it has clear goals and all members know what their roles are in helping to achieve them (Dimock and Kass, 2008, p.62-63). My placement is currently in the Mental Health field and as mental health workers we have groups that are organized to promote to mental health of all and to support the resilience and recovery of people experiencing mental illness. The first group observed for this assignment is an
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Clearly defining practitioner roles and responsibilities will enhance the positive elements and reduce ambiguity and misunderstandings (Paquette-Warren et al., 2004). Each member of the team is a coordinator/questioner, evaluator, elaborator, energizer, initiator and problem solver for different reasons. The roles of these team members vary and will briefly be discussed to give an overview of how important each member is to the team. The psychiatrist’s primary function is diagnosis of mental disorders and prescription of medical treatments. The social worker works with families, community support and referral and the case manager is involved in clinical skills, relationship skills, and liaison and advocacy skills. Decision making and problem solving for this group is determined by focusing on the patient and what’s in the best interest for that patient. Once the group has brainstormed various ideas regarding a solution to a problem, the group determines what the highest priority is for the patient. The interdisciplinary team arrives at a consensus through discussion and debate. The team which is the core of interdisciplinary practice is characterized by mutual respect among disciplines and involves sharing of leadership (Paquette-Warren et al., 2004). This structure encourages collaborative problem solving and to accomplish this they share leadership that is appropriate to the presenting problem and promote the use of differences in their
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