Legal and Ethical Considerations for Group and Family Therapy

NURS 6650 Psychotherapy With Groups and Families

Week 1 Discussion

Legal and Ethical Considerations for Group and Family Therapy

Considering the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA), the idea of discussing confidential information with a patient in front of an audience is probably quite foreign to you. However, in group and family therapy, this is precisely what the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner does. In your role, learning how to provide this type of therapy within the limits of confidentiality is essential. For this Discussion, consider how limited confidentiality and other legal and ethical considerations might impact therapeutic approaches for clients in group and family therapy.

Learning Objectives

Students will:

Compare legal and ethical considerations for group and family therapy to legal and ethical considerations for individual therapy

Analyze the impact of legal and ethical considerations on therapeutic approaches for clients in group and family therapy

Recommend strategies to address legal and ethical considerations for group and family therapy

To prepare:

Review this week’s Learning Resources and consider the insights they provide on group and family therapy.

View the media, Legal and Ethical Issues for Mental Health Professions, Volume I, and reflect on legal and ethical considerations for group and family therapy and individual therapy.

Note: For this Discussion, you are required to complete your initial post before you will be able to view and respond to your colleagues’ postings. Begin by clicking on the Post to Discussion Question link and then select Create Thread to complete your initial post. Remember, once you click submit, you cannot delete or edit your own posts, and you cannot post anonymously. Please check your post carefully before clicking Submit!

By Day 3

Post an explanation of how legal and ethical considerations for group and family therapy differ from those for individual therapy. Then, explain how these differences might impact your therapeutic approaches for clients in group and family therapy. Support your rationale with evidence-based literature.

By Day 6

Respond to at least two of your colleagues by suggesting strategies to address the legal and ethical considerations your colleagues discussed. Support your responses with evidence-based literature.

NURS 6650 Psychotherapy With Groups and Families

Week 3 Discussion

Clinical Supervision

Clinical supervision is an essential component of your development as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. It provides an opportunity for professional collaboration as you share experiences with and gain insights from colleagues. For this clinical supervision Discussion, consider a client family whom you do not think is adequately progressing according to expected clinical outcomes.

Learning Objectives

Students will:

Assess client families presenting for psychotherapy

Evaluate the effectiveness of therapeutic approaches for client families receiving psychotherapy

Apply narrative family therapy concepts to client families with impaired family functioning

To prepare:

Review this week’s media and consider the insights provided on family therapy.

Reflect on the client families you are currently counseling at your practicum site.

Note: For this Discussion, you are required to complete your initial post before you will be able to view and respond to your colleagues’ postings. Begin by clicking on the Post to Discussion Question link and then select Create Thread to complete your initial post. Remember, once you click submit, you cannot delete or edit your own posts, and you cannot post anonymously. Please check your post carefully before clicking Submit!

Note about Uploading Media: Refer to the Kaltura Media Uploader instructions document located in the menu bar. This provides guidance on how to upload media for the clinical supervision Discussions.

By Day 3

Post a 3- to 5-minute Kaltura video in which you do the following:

Describe a client family you are counseling that you do not think is adequately progressing according to expected clinical outcomes. Note: Do not use the client family members’ actual names.

Explain your therapeutic approach with the client family, including the perceived effectiveness of your approach.

Identify any additional information about this client family that may potentially impact expected outcomes.

Note: Nurse practitioners must have strong oral communication skills. This Discussion is designed to help you hone these skills. When filming your Kaltura video, be sure to dress and speak in a professional manner.

View a selection of your colleagues’ responses.

By Day 6

Respond to at least two of your colleagues by providing feedback on each colleague’s therapeutic approach based on a narrative family therapeutic perspective. Support your feedback with evidence-based literature and/or your own experiences with clients.

NURS 6650 Psychotherapy With Groups and Families

Week 5 Discussion

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Family Settings Versus Individual Settings

Whether used with individuals or families, the goal of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is to modify client behavior. Although CBT for families is similar to CBT for individuals, there are significant differences in their applications. As you develop treatment plans, it is important that you recognize these differences and how they may impact your therapeutic approach with families. For this Discussion, as you compare the use of CBT for families and individuals, consider challenges of applying this therapeutic approach to your own client families.

Learning Objectives

Students will:

Compare the use of cognitive behavioral therapy for families to cognitive behavioral therapy for individuals

Analyze challenges of using cognitive behavioral therapy for families

Recommend effective cognitive behavioral therapy strategies for families

To prepare:

Review the media, Johnson Family Session 3, in this week’s Learning Resources and consider the insights provided on CBT in family therapy.

Reflect on your practicum experiences with CBT in family and individual settings.

Note: For this Discussion, you are required to complete your initial post before you will be able to view and respond to your colleagues’ postings. Begin by clicking on the Post to Discussion Question link and then select Create Thread to complete your initial post. Remember, once you click submit, you cannot delete or edit your own posts, and you cannot post anonymously. Please check your post carefully before clicking Submit!

By Day 3

Post an explanation of how the use of CBT in families compares to CBT in individual settings. Provide specific examples from your own practicum experiences. Then, explain challenges counselors might encounter when using CBT in the family setting. Support your position with specific examples from this week’s media.

Read a selection of your colleagues’ responses.

By Day 6

Respond to at least two of your colleagues by recommending CBT strategies to overcome the challenges your colleagues have identified. Support your recommendations with evidence-based literature and/or your own experiences with clients.

NURS 6650 Psychotherapy With Groups and Families

Week 8 Discussion

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Group Settings Versus Family Settings

As you might recall from Week 5, there are significant differences in the applications of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) for families and individuals. The same is true for CBT in group settings and CBT in family settings. In your role, it is essential to understand these differences to appropriately apply this therapeutic approach across multiple settings. For this Discussion, as you compare the use of CBT in group settings and family settings, consider challenges of using this approach with your own groups.

Learning Objectives

Students will:

Compare the use of cognitive behavioral therapy for groups to cognitive behavioral therapy for families

Analyze challenges of using cognitive behavioral therapy for groups

Recommend effective strategies in cognitive behavioral therapy for groups

To prepare:

Reflect on your practicum experiences with CBT in group and family settings.

Note: For this Discussion, you are required to complete your initial post before you will be able to view and respond to your colleagues’ postings. Begin by clicking on the Post to Discussion Question link and then select Create Thread to complete your initial post. Remember, once you click submit, you cannot delete or edit your own posts, and you cannot post anonymously. Please check your post carefully before clicking Submit!

By Day 3

Post an explanation of how the use of CBT in groups compares to its use in family settings. Provide specific examples from your own practicum experiences. Then, explain at least two challenges counselors might encounter when using CBT in the group setting. Support your response with specific examples from this week’s media.

Read a selection of your colleagues’ responses.

By Day 6

Respond to at least two of your colleagues by recommending strategies to overcome the challenges your colleagues have identified. Support your recommendation with evidence-based literature and/or your own experiences with clients.

NURS 6650 Psychotherapy With Groups and Families

Week 10 Discussion

Clinical Supervision

In Week 3, you collaborated with colleagues as you participated in your first clinical supervision. This week, you have the opportunity to continue your collaboration as you reflect on and discuss your experiences with counseling children and adolescents in group settings. Psychotherapy with these clients is often more complex than psychotherapy with the general adult population. Personal reflection and discussion with colleagues are essential to your development and success as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. For this clinical supervision, consider a child or adolescent client you are counseling who you do not think is adequately progressing according to expected clinical outcomes.

Learning Objectives

Students will:

Assess clients presenting for child and adolescent group psychotherapy

Evaluate the effectiveness of therapeutic approaches for clients receiving child and adolescent group psychotherapy

To prepare:

Review this week’s media and consider the insights provided on group therapy with children and adolescents.

Reflect on a child and adolescent group that you are currently counseling at your practicum site.

Note: For this Discussion, you are required to complete your initial post before you will be able to view and respond to your colleagues’ postings. Begin by clicking on the Post to Discussion Question link and then select Create Thread to complete your initial post. Remember, once you click submit, you cannot delete or edit your own posts, and you cannot post anonymously. Please check your post carefully before clicking Submit!

Note about Uploading Media: Refer to the Kaltura Media Uploader instructions document located in the menu bar. It provides guidance on how to upload media for the Clinical Supervision Discussions.

By Day 3

Post a 3- to 5-minute Kaltura video that addresses the following:

Describe a child and adolescent group you are counseling.

Describe a client from the group who you do not think is adequately progressing according to expected clinical outcomes. Note: Do not use the client’s actual name.

Explain your therapeutic approach with the group, including your perceived effectiveness of your approach with the client you identified.

Identify any additional information about this group and/or client that may potentially impact expected outcomes.

Note: Nurse practitioners must have strong oral communication skills. This Discussion is designed to help you hone these skills. When filming your Kaltura video, be sure to dress and speak in a professional manner.

View a selection of your colleagues’ responses.

By Day 6

Respond to at least two of your colleagues by providing constructive feedback concerning their presentations of their client groups and by recommending alternative therapeutic approaches that may be used with the groups. Support your feedback with evidence-based literature and/or your own experiences with clients.

NURS 6650 Psychotherapy With Groups and Families

Week 11 Discussion

Group Therapy with Older Adults

As the population continues to age, more and more older adults will require therapy for various mental health issues. While the group setting offers many benefits and makes therapy more accessible to those in need of services, this therapeutic approach may not be effective for all clients. For this Discussion, as you examine your own practicum experiences with older adults in group therapy settings, consider strategies to improve the effectiveness of your sessions.

Learning Objectives

Students will:

Analyze group therapy sessions with older adults

Recommend strategies for improving the effectiveness of group therapy sessions for older adults

To prepare:

Review this week’s Learning Resources, and consider the insights provided on group therapy with older adults.

Reflect on your practicum experiences with older adults in group therapy settings.

Note: For this Discussion, you are required to complete your initial post before you will be able to view and respond to your colleagues’ postings. Begin by clicking on the Post to Discussion Question link and then select Create Thread to complete your initial post. Remember, once you click submit, you cannot delete or edit your own posts, and you cannot post anonymously. Please check your post carefully before clicking Submit!

By Day 3

Post a description of a group therapy session with older adults, including the stage of the group, any resistances or issues that were present, and therapeutic techniques used by the facilitator. Explain any challenges that may occur when working with this group. Support your recommendations with evidence-based literature.

Read a selection of your colleagues’ responses.

By Day 6

Respond to at least two of your colleagues by recommending strategies for improving the effectiveness of their group therapy sessions. Support your recommendations with evidence-based literature and your own experiences with clients.