Addressingissues of confidentiality during the screening, the first groupsession, and in ongoing sessions. Members do out share personal information unless there is proof thatthis information will not be shared outside the group. In groupmeetings, confidentiality is discussed in the first meeting and mustbe open for review thereafter. Facilitators, counsellors and membersmake agreement to maintain confidentiality and lay down any issuesthat may affect confidentiality (Ungar, 2011). Screening isaccomplished through various ways that include an individualinterview, prospective group members group interview and filling inquestionnaires by the group members. The group counsellor is mandatedto carry out screening of the prospective group members. Afterscreening, it becomes easy to select individuals with compatibleneeds and goals and whose well-being will not be threatened by thegroup experience.
Onthe first meeting, as a group counsellor, I would define clearly whatis meant by confidentiality and why it is essential. Moreover, Iwould discuss the difficulties associated in enforcement. There arelimits of confidentiality. Group counsellors highlight the importanceof observing confidentiality and set a norm of confidentiality thatregards all the participants’ disclosure. I would make the groupmembers aware of the challenges involved in ensuring and enforcingconfidentiality in the group settings. I would state examples of howconfidentiality can be broken nonmaliciously to increase theawareness of the members. This helps to ensure that that thepossibility of bleaching confidence is reduced since they are awareof the consequences. In maintaining confidentiality, the groupcounsellor should dispose or store the records of the group membersin a way viable to maintain confidentiality (Ungar, 2011). Inaddition, as a counsellor I would ensure that I maintain the groupmember’s anonymity anytime when discussing group counselling cases.
Myfield of study and work involves working and engaging with diversepopulations who have a lot of differences. One principle that isessential in counselling is non-discrimination. Sociologists do notpractice discrimination in their activities based on gender, age,ethnicity, race, religion, national origin, disability, sexualorientation, marital, parental or domestic status or healthconditions (Ungar, 2011). Any psychologist protects and respectscivil and human rights and in no time do they knowingly practice inor encourage unfair practices that are discriminatory. Beingculturally competent means that I have ability to approach theprocess of counselling from the context of the client’s personalculture. I ensure that my cultural biases and values do not overridethe client’s. It is always important to be culturally away andfinding out how culture may affect the process of counselling. Thereare three qualities that I have made key elements so as not to facechallenges and incompetence in this area of study: Credibility,expertness and trustworthiness.
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