Andre was a social worker at a boys’ residential treatment center. On Tuesday evenings he met with a group of grandparents who each had custody of his/her grandson. The group was focused on teaching them behavior modification techniques to manage the grandson’s behavior. One grandfather repeatedly brought up his frustrations with his daughter, the boy’s mother. Other group members chimed in; it was difficult to refocus their attention on the original agenda. The social worker should next:
A) Remind them of the practical benefit of learning how to better manage behavior. B) Allow the group to determine the topic to discuss, and not intervene. C) Suggest they take a vote on what to discuss. D) Initiate a discussion to hear their opinions on which topic would be most valuable to them.
EXP: The correct answer is "D". If the group members seem to express wishes for a shift of the group’s goals, methods, rules, duration, etc. this should be openly discussed and then decided by the leader.