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This discussion centers on leading a growth group. One objective of the initial meeting is to develop a safe environment that would enable members to express themselves freely. This entails building trust both among the members and with the leader. The cohesiveness of the group is another important factor. (Corey, Cory & Haynes, 2014) (Jacobs, Masson, Harvill, & Schimmel, 2012). This concept of a unit where trust exists is clearly expressed in Ephesians 4:16. Here the body of Christ is referred to as “joined and held together” that “builds itself up in love” (KJV).
The Corey’s build trust and develop unity by empowering group members, incorporating the repeat round of each member naming the previous speaker, saying their own name and sharing something about himself or herself. The introduction dyad focused on fears, hopes, and expectations. It helped members get to know one another and build trust and unity (Corey et al., 2014) (Jacobs et al., 2012). Awareness of self and others is promoted, and clarifying questions are asked. The leaders remove hindrances to the process by being intentional about members discussing the fears that they bring to the group. The leaders constantly applied the repetitive cycle of listening, thinking about what was said, getting clarification, responding and supporting one another (Corey et al., 2014) (Jacobs et al., 2012).
Modifying the group to employ Corey techniques would take place primarily during the early planning and selection stages. Gender, race, and economic diversity would be significant considerations. Diversity helps members become more aware of cultural worldviews (Rowell, 2008). Next, members must exhibit a willingness to participate in a meaningful way with a desire for behavior modification (Forsyth, 2014). The Corey group participants are all degreed in areas of social work or counseling, and some are working on advanced degrees (Corey et al., 2014). Educational diversity would be important in the growth group so this modification would be made.
Nametags remove the anxiety of immediately needing to remember names during the first session. However, the name round would still be used (Jacobs et al, 2012). Since this is a growth group possibly dealing with self-awareness, the question “How does it make you feel?” would help in building trust. A dyad during the initial session would focus on reactions to the question answered during the general session. At all times, the leader should be vigilant to employ the demonstrated method of eye contact and making members talk to each other (Jacobs et al., 2012).
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Rowell, P. M. (2008). Using Personal Growth Groups in Multicultural Counseling courses to
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Corey et al. does an excellent job addressing the initial stages of a group. In the workbook, they challenge you to think about a group you want to lead and how what you viewed in the video might be modified for your group. Discuss how you can implement these techniques in your group. Make sure to properly cite your sources and reference your citations at the
After watching the film I was able to see the importance of documentation and involvement on a peer to peer level. For instance, the facilitators demonstrated the importance of documentation as evidenced by their ability to have and maintain ethical standards such as informed consent (Corey & Corey, 2014). This was very important due to the group members being filmed (Corey & Corey, 2014). This provides them with a form of comfort and a clear picture or understanding towards what is being held in group.
Participation is imperative (Corey & Corey, 2014). For example, having each member being involved in the group by being inviting during the meeting (Corey & Corey, 2014). Anxieties and feelings towards the pre-session and establishing rapport and trust in the beginning is imperative (Corey & Corey, 2014). This will definitely set the tone for groups. Having individuals taking deep breaths was a great idea to form a level of comfort. Reflecting on the pre-session and once identifying their feelings they all began their statements with their first name (Corey & Corey, 2014). This allowed everyone to feel personable (Corey & Corey, 2014). I enjoyed watching how each person was able to share their thoughts towards fears pertaining to the group (Corey & Corey, 2014).
When I attended my first NA group for Session 1 I thoroughly enjoyed the group. The purpose of the group was geared toward the Gift of Desperation which was introduced during the initial phase where participants shared their thoughts individually towards their past and current addictions. The facilitator shared self-disclosure by revealing his thoughts towards his addictions in the past and his road to recovery.
I was able to see what I would employ in my future groups facilitated. For instance, beginning a group with an ice breaker or anxiety decreasing activity which will ease my clients mind. Secondly, I would reflect on the previous session which will assist the group remaining on-task and then introducing the next purpose of the session (Corey & Corey, 2014). I would guide the group by modeling ways to express their feelings and increase their communication skills by instilling peer-to-peer talk therapy. I would also allow the group members to address me by first name basis. I see that at my current job that it allows my clients and families to remain open and trust me by calling me Ms. Angel. The reality of group therapy some individuals would digress while other may progress even though they are all involved.
Corey, G., Corey, M. S., & Haynes, R. (2014). Groups in action: Evolution and challenges (2nd ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, Inc. ISBN: 9781285095059.
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