Personal Approach to Diversity Competencies


How a Group Leader Can Command Respect in a Diverse Group


In order to work in a group, a group therapist need to be continuously monitor and have awareness of their strengths and weakness and how these affect the group members. According to Haley-Bañez, Brown and Molina, a group worker’s race, ethnicity gender, culture and even sexual orientation can impact a group process and the group dynamics (1998). In this paper, I seek to explore the best approach that can be used in a scenario where a group leader is a black woman not getting respect from her group particularly the women in the group consisting of 4 white women and 4 white men and how the group leader can go about having respect from this group and also keep the groups on line during sessions.

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> • Course Text: Groups: Process and Practice, Chapter 2 Diversity Competencies
> • Course Text: Groups in Action: Evolution and Challenges, pp.
> 16–20
> • Article: Marbley, A. F. (2004). His eye is on the sparrow: A
> counselor of color’s perception of facilitating groups with
> predominantly white members. Journal for Specialists in Group Work,
> 29(3), 247–258. Retrieved September 18, 2006, from the PsycINFO
> database. (AN 200417963002)
> Diversity Competencies with Dr. Lynn Haley-Bañez and Dr. Savitri
> Dixon-Saxon (approximately 36 minutes; DVD 1) Diversity Competencies
> This video program simulates watching a live radio show in which two
> psychologists converse and take phone calls from listeners. Note how
> they deal with diverse callers with diverse needs. Also note Dr.
> Haley-Bañez’s perspective on the salience of diversity competency in
> group process and practice.
> Groups in Action DVD
> • Second Program: Challenges Facing Group Leaders
> o Segment 2: Challenges of Addressing Diversity Issues
> (approximately 36 minutes)
> Group members’ various races, cultures, and ethnicities impact their
> perceptions of themselves and their “fit” within the group, and may
> affect the result they achieve from participating in the group
> sessions. This, in turn, may impact the group process. Additionally,
> group members may have difficulty relating to the group leader. In
> this video segment, note the diversity issues that arise and how
> group Diversity Competencies
> members and leaders address them. As you view the DVD segment, you
> are
> encouraged to follow along in the Groups in Action course text on
> pages 141–161 and complete any corresponding exercises.
> Web Site
> • Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW) Principles for
> Diversity-Competent Group Workers
> Diversity Competence
> This week, you had a unique opportunity to learn from Dr.
> Haley-Bañez, an expert in diversity-competency in group work. In
> Discussion, you have the opportunity to articulate your personal
> approach to a diversity scenario. Diversity Competencies
> To prepare for this Discussion:
> • Review this week’s Learning Resources.
> • Reflect on the video program Diversity Competencies with Dr.
> Haley-Bañez on your Group Process and Dynamics DVD.
> • Think about the three scenarios presented by the callers to Dr.
> Haley-Bañez in the video program and how she responded to and
> suggestions for each one.
> • Consider how you may have approached one of the scenarios
> differently than Dr. Haley-Bañez did, and why you would have done
so. Diversity Competencies
> Assignment: 1 page.
> How you would personally approach one of the scenarios presented in
> the video program and shares your rationale for that approach.

First scenario: Group leader a black woman not getting respect from her
group particularly the women in the group. The groups consist of 4
women and 4 white men. How can the group leader go about having respect
from this group and also keep the groups on line during sessions? Diversity Competencies

Second scenario: A group leader having problems getting the group to
respect each other opinions in the women shelter home that were abused
involving domestic violence from their partners. The groups consists of
6 members, 5 over 40 years old and one 18years old. When discussing in
the group, the women over 40yrs did not respect the opinion of the
old went talking about her partner in a positive way during the
session. Diversity Competencies
The group leader wants to know what to do for them to get among during
session. Choose one scenario from above and write on. Thank you for



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