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Learn the guidelines for the organization in which you are running the group. Specific requirements for group notes vary depending on the setting. Some organizations require a single note, written directly after the group meets, summarizing what occurred in the group overall. Other organizations require that notes are written for each individual who participated in the group, as well as a summary of what was accomplished in the group that day. (See References 1 and 2.)
Provide basic information about the group. Most organizations provide a template of information required by the counselor. Be prepared to supply the name of the group, the time and duration of the meeting, names of group facilitators, the group’s schedule, and the number of clients in attendance that day. Give an overview of the type
of group (for example, if it was an open psychotherapy group or a more directive educational group). (See References 2 and 3.)
Explain specific therapeutic interventions used in the group, and why. Interventions vary widely depending on the type of group and the problems with which group participants are struggling. In a substance abuse group, for instance, a common intervention is to discuss the circumstances that trigger participants’ desire to use substances. (See References 1 and 2.)
Describe the progress made by each individual towards his or her treatment goals. Provide a brief assessment of the client. Describe her appearance that day, her participation (Did she participate and to what extent?) and comment on any significant changes in behavior you observed or challenges that she discussed. Include recommendations for future treatment. (See References 2 and 3.).