Overview of Intervention
The practice of groups by mental health professionals has improved dramatically in half of a century. Despite the encounters modeled by the thin complications of conducting research on group work; group effectiveness has been clearly validated with a wide range of people, topics, problems, and symptoms (Burlingame, Earnshaw, Matsumo, 2007). Although group methods are well established, the demands to advance, the application of all counseling methods is increasing, intensified by existing economic conditions. Group work is an attractive treatment choice in part because it may be more cost-effective than one-on-one counseling and psychotherapy. Nevertheless, the complication of working with several members while connecting and using many stages of universal growth challenges counselors in efforts to increase the efficacy of their work in groups (Ward, 2010).
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of mental health counseling. It can be used with an individual or in group work. It is an effective treatment that mental health professions use for depression. CBT has been shown to be as beneficial as antidepressant medications for some individuals with depression and may be highly effective in inhibiting relapse of symptoms. Clients receiving CBT for depression are inspired to schedule positive activities into their day-to-day activities in order to increase the amount of pleasure they experience. Additionally, depressed clients learn how to reorganize their negative thought patterns to view their environment in a less prejudiced way. Studies indicate that clients who be given CBT in addition to treatment with medication have better results than clients who do not receive CBT as an additional treatment (National Alliance on Mental Illness, 2012).
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (2012), suggests at the center of CBT is a theory that a person’s disposition is directly connected to their configuration of thought. The objective of CBT is to assist a person to learn to identify negative configurations of thoughts, assess their abilities, and trade them with better techniques of thinking (National Alliance on Mental Illness, 2012). By a person discovering a better way of thinking can assist in coping with depression. Depression is a substantial problem for adolescents in the USA with up to 8% of adolescents suffering from depression (Dozies, 2004). Adolescents that are depressed or at risk of becoming depressed have a higher chance of being trapped by negative consequences; such as social withdrawal, poor grades, drug abuse, low self-esteem, suicide and intensified risk of other psychiatric conditions (Fischer & Ruffolo, 2009). Literature on the impact of poverty found adolescents whose parents are in poverty or who have experienced a financial hardship is more likely to be depressed (Samaan, 2000).
Application of the Intervention
Some studies (Fischer & Ruffolo, 2009) suggest most adolescents receive treatment, is...