Therapeutic Factors in Groups

A group is a representation of the family and community to which individuals belong. Issues that emerge in a group often have origins in past and present family and community relationships. Often the dynamics of interpersonal relationships are not on a conscious level of awareness. For many, the group experience will offer the initial experience of personal insight into their relationships with others. Within the format of the group, a process occurs that is not possible in individual...

Distorted and conflicted mourning

Distorted and conflicted mourning have similarities. Conflicted mourning is highlighted by ambivalence in a relationship. Distorted grief also involves ambivalence however, what differentiates the two is the intensity of specific emotions in the latter. Intense manifestations of guilt and anger are the primary grief responses in distorted grief. Research from Parkes and Weiss (1983) and Rando (1993) offers insight into these mourning responses. All human relationships have ambivalence (i.e.,...

Arenas for intervention the Bronfenbrenner model

There is the adage that it takes a village to raise a child. Similarly, it can be stated that it takes a community to heal a bereaved child. This sentiment is embodied by school counsellors, ministers, and neighbors who rally around bereaved children in their time of need. Children who best maximize this support are those with the resiliency skills to maximize the support provided by the community. However, if the child lacks resiliency, then the community should create a bereavement...