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Anxiety Group Counseling Proposal

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Angela Drury

on 8 December 2014

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Group Counseling Proposal
Group Counseling for Adolescents with Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Goals & Objectives
Group Format
Angela Drury
Why Adolescents with Anxiety?
Age of members: Early adolescence; ages 9-12

Size: 6-10 members

Duration of sessions: One hour

Frequency: Weekly sessions for eight weeks
8 Week Curriculum Overview
Week One
Go over confidentiality
Introduce members
Establish group norms and rules
Discuss leader and member expectations
Take anxiety rating pre-survey
Week Two
Together members will create a working definition of anxiety.
Anxiety symptoms experienced by members will be explored.
What does anxiety look like?
What does anxiety feel like?
Week Three
Members will discuss things that they worry about.
Each member will be given a "worry list" to check what they worry about and will add their personal worries.
Discuss how things turn from a concern to a worry
Week Four
"Worry Brain vs. Calm Brain"
Using the worry list, members will identify unproductive worry brain thoughts and calm brain thoughts.
Discuss how worry brain thoughts make us feel and how calm brain thoughts make us feel.
Week Five
Group members will identify triggers that cause anxious feelings.
Members will identify specific anxiety provoking events.
Discussion on exact feelings with the events and triggers
Week Six
Members will discuss what a good day without anxiety symptoms would look like to them.
Members will begin learning relaxation techniques/coping mechanisms and how to apply them when a trigger is recognized.

- Deep Breathing
-Progressive Muscle Relaxation
-Guided Imagery
Week Seven
Members will continue to learn relaxation/coping techniques and practice applying them in session.

- Creative expression outlets (drawing, writing, painting, singing)
- Listening to relaxing music
-Reframing the situation
- Taking a break from the situation

Application Project: Members will be asked to create a picture of their choice that portrays what their perfect day with no anxiety would be like. They will share with the group.

Week Eight
Summary; Termination Process
Group members will discuss what they have learned from the group experience
Further questions will be discussed.
Members will take the anxiety scale post-survey.
1.) To help clients understand the dynamics of their anxiety and recognize the triggers of anxiety in their everyday living.

2.) To reduce the frequency of unproductive worry and help clients be able to identify irrational and rational thoughts.

3.) To provide clients with various different techniques and strategies to apply to reduce and cope with the feelings of anxiety.
Description of the Group
This is a closed 8 week counseling group designed to serve adolescents who are suffering from generalized anxiety disorder.
The group is designed to help individuals develop an understanding of what anxiety feels like in their life, what triggers the anxiety, and increase the use of appropriate relaxation and coping mechanisms when necessary.
"Although certain fears and anxiety may be both normative and transient in particular developmental periods, the level of fear or anxiety in some adolescents exceeds developmental expectations, significantly undermining functioning at home, at school, and with peers" (Knott and Kriebe, 2003; Kazdin & Weisz, 1998)
This group will take diversity into account by discussing the attitudes of members from diverse backgrounds with the hopes of making the environment more comfortable, clearing up any misunderstandings, and developing deeper understandings of group members' cultural differences.
Adolescents ages 9-12 receiving individual therapy at the agency will be invited to join this counseling group.

Therapists providing the individual therapy will be used to screen and recommend potential members based on what they observe in individual sessions.

Individuals with severe behavioral or emotional problems that would greatly interfere with the group process will not be asked to join.
"Anxiety disorders are among the most common mental and emotional problems in childhood and adolescence" (Wilde, 2011).
Anxiety is not just a disorder that affects an adolescent on the inside. It affects every aspect of their life including but not limited to their social life, friendships, family relationships, behaviors at home and school, academic success, and more.
Thank You For Your Time!
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