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.

Planning Group Sessions

Planning Group Sessions

Planning group sessions

Whether leading a counseling or psychoeducational group, the planning of group sessions is essential. Psychoeducational groups will have more structure, specifically around content and skill building, but structure is also important in counseling groups. All group sessions, regardless of type of group, should have a clear opening, working, processing, and ending component. This structure is essential to providing safety and continuity to group members. Structure is also necessary to manage time efficiently and focus on relevant issues (DeLucia-Waack, 2006).

Session Structure

Depending on the type of group and the age of group members, the level of structure may vary. The younger the group members are, the more structure is necessary. Psychoeducational groups tend to be more structured, with activities designed to ...

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