Any intentional group is based on a coherent group plan. This book will identify the elements that are basic to any plan and will apply these elements within an ongoing example. Among the elements to be included are: Identifying the Population, Need and Environmental Assessment, Goals, Rationale for Using Group, Type of Group, Conceptual Framework Used, attention to Group Developmental stage and to Group Dynamics, Group Size, Group Composition, Session-by-Session plans, Evaluation Methodology.
Chapter 5: Group Leader Preparation
Group Leader Preparation
Group leadership has been shown to influence group cohesion, impact, and effectiveness.
Successful groups, characterized by accomplishment and personal satisfaction, are those in which people
- feel listened to;
- are accepted for their individuality;
- have a voice;
- are part of a climate in which leaders and members acknowledge and appreciate varied perspectives, needs, and concerns;
- understand and support the purpose of the group; and
- have the opportunity to contribute to the accomplishment of particular tasks. (Hulse-Killacky, Killacky, & Donigian, 2001, p. 6)
Because of the complexity of group work in comparison with individual counseling, it is imperative for group leaders to carefully plan and prepare for each group they lead. This chapter highlights important areas to address as group leaders begin to prepare for a group experience.
Guidelines for ...