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ERIC Number: EJ1051279
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0193-3922
Group Work during International Disaster Outreach Projects: A Model to Advance Cultural Competence
West-Olatunji, Cirecie; Henesy, Rachel; Varney, Melanie
Journal for Specialists in Group Work, v40 n1 p38-54 2015
Given the rise in disasters worldwide, counselors will increasingly be called upon to respond. Current accreditation standards require that programs train students to become skillful in disaster/crisis interventions. Group processing to enhance self-awareness and improve conceptualization skills is an essential element of such training. This article disseminates information from a case study analysis on the experiences of 7 counselor-trainees during a 28-day international outreach trip to southern Africa, which involved daily group processing. The authors identified 2 major themes: (a) Struggle and Discomfort and (b) Growth. Working through struggle/discomfort strengthened group cohesion and facilitated the participants' growth. Significant findings for group workers who engage in international outreach, implications for counselor development, and recommendations for future research are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Africa; Botswana; South Africa
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