KEY FEATURES: Students will actually enjoy reading this book. The author uses his years of experience, including his mistakes, as the foundation for his communication with readers and instructors. Illustrations help make this book even more accessible. The importance and use of theory is clearly articulated and shows students who are often bored or put off by theory how to use it in a way that makes sense. This book prepares new group workers for difficult, challenging groups by reviewing a number of specialized groups. There are a wealth of practice activities for the instructor, including reflection exercises, group lab practice activities, and questions for “further thought.“

Your Group Is Engaging

Chapter 8 Your group is engaging

The well-run group is not a battlefield of egos.

—Lao Tzu

Mr. Tzu clearly knows a thing or two about groups. Groups that are cohesive and work productively have members who work together cooperatively. These are groups where people are able to see the importance of the “we” and can backburner the “me” for at least a while. Here there are no egos doing battle.

The road to this “we” can be bumpy, however. Early on in a new group, there can be a time when egos do, in fact, bump up against one another. While this might not be an actual “storming,” there can be a period of some honest and direct exchange between people. I call ...

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