Assignment: Group Versus Family Assessment
While group and family social work may seem similar—as both relate to treating multiple people within the same intervention framework and setting—the characteristics are different. Families spend a much greater amount of time together and have a shared history that can date back many years; they also have a natural hierarchy and power differential between parents and children. In groups, power may be distributed by seniority in the group rather than generationally, or through dominant personality or perceived authority.
For this Assignment, you assess family dynamics based on a video clip and compare this to the experience of assessing group dynamics.
Review the Learning Resources on family dynamics.
Access the Family Therapy video in the Learning Resources. Pay close attention to the ways in which family members communicate, the level of cohesion among members, and who holds power.
Consider how assessing the dynamics of a family is different from assessing the dynamics of a group.
By Day 7
Submit a 2-page paper on the Family Therapy video:
Evaluate the family dynamics from a systems perspective as seen in the video.
Explain how principles of group dynamics would apply to this family vignette.
Compare the process of assessing dynamics in a family with assessing dynamics in a group. Draw on your Discussion response this week to highlight the similarities and differences.
Use the Learning Resources to support your Assignment. Make sure to provide APA citations and a reference list.
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