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With the notion of informed consent consider the following scenario:

You are a counselor who is developing a therapy group for girls and boys ages 10-12. Each group member has a diagnosis of either Conduct Disorder or Oppositional Defiant Disorder and has been selected to participate in a Gifted and Talented program at school.

Can you answer the following questions?

-What will be the purpose of the group?
-How will you explain the purpose of this group to parents and guardians of the participants?
-How will you obtain consent for child participation?
-What will be the objectives of your group?
-What therapeutic approaches or methods will you use to achieve these objectives?

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(1) What will be the purpose of the group?

As defined in the Diagnostics and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder, (DSM-TR-IV [APA], 2000), Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) is a recurrent pattern of negative, defiant disobedient, and hostile behavior toward authority figures [Criterion A] that persists for at least 6 months. ODD is characterized by frequent occurrence of at least four of the following behaviors: losing temper [criterions A]; arguing with adults [Criterion A2]; actively complying or refusing to comply with requests or rules of adults ([Criterion A 3]; deliberately doing things that will annoy other people [Criterion A4]; blaming others for his mistakes [Criterion 5]; being touched; or easily annoyed by others [Criterion A 6); being angry or resentful [Criterion A7]; or being spiteful or vindictive [Criterion A8] ( p. 100). Sattler (2002) notes that some gifted children may have learning disabilities or emotional problems that while being very intelligent suffer from the disability or disorder. Thus, for the ODD child an emotional problem exists that may prevent him or her from realizing their ability to perform. Thus, the purpose of the group would be to address the various needs of its members on a range of social issues and needs (Washington & Moxley, 2003). In addition, individuals join groups because the group can provide the added benefit of helping the person to reach his or her goal. For example, group therapy provides an opportunity for clients to look at themselves, and provides the opportunity for them to empathize with other group members. Tuckman (965 as cited in Tuckman & Jensen, 1977) identified a range of activities dealing ...

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This solution discusses Group Therapy for girls and boys aged (10-13) diagnosed with Conduct or Oppositional Defiant Disorders.

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What therapeutic approaches or methods will you use to achieve these goals?
How will you modify your approach so that the two clients with exceptionalities receive differentiated supportive intervention and benefit from the group as much as the other young people?

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