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If you were leading a group composed of members with culturally diverse backgrounds, what rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT) techniques might be particularly effective?
Rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT) is a form of cognitive behavior therapy. REBT is an action-oriented approach that focuses on assisting clients in dealing with irrational beliefs (Protinsky & Popp, 2018). The model educates people on managing emotions, thinking, behavior more healthy and realistically (Overholser, 2019). When dealing with a group composed of people with culturally diverse backgrounds, it is crucial to note that REBT is based on the notion that people’s problems are caused by thinking patterns and not necessarily events that happen in them (Norcross & Lambert, 2020).
Applying the ABC model of REBT in leading people with diverse cultural backgrounds can help ensure that the group achieves its goals. The ABC model entails A- activating event, B- personal held beliefs, and C- consequence. As the group leader, it is important to understand the individual cultural background in the activating event, which informs personal beliefs and behaviors (Overholser, 2019). In the model, the consequence is usually an emotional response to the belief, which can be negative according to the view of other people. If the leader can identify the underlying beliefs of every culture, it is easier to modify personal thinking by using effective strategies. Some of the techniques used include disputation, guided imagery, meditation, and journaling (Norcross & Lambert, 2020).
In disputation, irrational beliefs are confronted directly by questioning the beliefs directly, making the person rethink his beliefs. In disputation, the therapist can also ask the client to think and consider an alternative view that he has never used before. The process helps create a culturally competent group that respects the opinions of others and does not feel their culture is superior to those of others. In meditation, people are sensitized about their biased thinking and encouraged to reflect on their effects on other people. The process helps alter the way of thinking and adopt healthier ways of addressing issues (Norcross & Lambert, 2020).