Overview: Promoting diversity, acceptance, and inclusion is more important than ever right now in our society especially with young adults such as middle school students. This article focuses on the strategy of mindfulness regarding social justice and multiculturalism as it pertains to group work. The practice of group work heavily relies on a set of standards and respect. According to ACA, when forming counseling groups, it is imperative to be mindful of confidentiality, privacy, professional responsibility, relationships with others, evaluation, research, social media and technology, and ethical and legal issues. When it pertains to administering group work, these are imperative elements to begin with. Additionally, practices to use in the formation of school groups include, but are not limited to: counselor self-awareness and biases, clients worldview, and the relationship between the counselor and the group members. Location is also a key factor to consider when doing group work. Being mindful of sexual orientation, sexual preference, and the LGBTQ community is important when facilitating groups. Overall, community building is very possible with group counseling, but before the process can be administered, sensitivity and competence must be utilized by the group leader and co-leader so that the process is done ethically and appropriately (Guth et al., 2019).
Guth, L. J., Pollard, B. L., Nitza, A., Puig, A., Chan, C. D., Singh, A. A., & Bailey, H. (2019). Ten strategies to intentionally use group work to transform hate, facilitate courageous conversations, and enhance community building. Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 44(1), 3–24. Retrieved from https://search-ebscohost-com.ezp.waldenulibrary.org/login.aspx?direct=true&db=eric&AN=EJ1204439&site=eds-live&scope=site