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Initial Stage of a Group

Quiz 6 :

Initial Stage of a Group

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Meeting With Your Coleader. Select a person in your class with whom you might like to colead a group. Explore with your partner some of the following dimensions of a group during the initial stage: • How would both of you assist the members in getting the most from this group? Would you be inclined to discuss any guidelines that would help them be active members? • How would the two of you attempt to build trust during the initial phase of this group? • How much structuring would each of you be inclined to do early in a group? Do both of you agree on the degree of structure that would help a group function effectively? • Whose responsibility is it if the group flounders? What might you do if the group seemed to be lost at the first session? • What are some specific procedures each of you might use to help members define their personal goals regarding what they want to explore in a group?
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• The functions of leaders to make the members benefit from the sessions are as follows:-
• The leaders help in setting the goal of the group and need to explain the members how they can benefit from it.
• The leaders need to inform the members about the rules, regulation and the basics information about the group.
• Help the members to express their feelings to the group and how to build cohesion within the group.
• Inform each member about their role in the group.
• Support the members to come out of past experience.
• Help the members to focus both on personal goal and group goal.
• Motivate the members to be expressive and participate.
• The leaders should focus on how the members can fulfill their needs and needs of the group.
• Act wisely during conflict situation.
It would be important for the leader to discuss the guidelines that would help them to be active members. These guidelines are:-
• The members should respect each others' feelings and maintain confidentiality in order to build trust.
• The members should express all kinds of emotions to the group members in order to get connected and accepted by the group. Hiding the feelings may not give clear picture to other members.
• The members should communicate clearly and expressively so that the other members can understand their feelings easily.
• The members should disclose about themselves as per the requirements, situations, group goal and their will.
• The members should participate actively.
• The members should be ready to face challenges in the outside world.
• The members should be an active listener and treat every other member equally.
• The members should be receptive to feedback.
• The member should not label themselves and should be open to express their feelings.
• The members should work efficiently for the progress of the group.
• The members should develop new skills and practice those in day to day life.
• They should be clear about the personal goal.
• The group members should avoid giving advice, acting judgmental or asking unfriendly or sarcastic questions.
• The member needs to utilize the learning to cope up with the challenges faced in day to day life.
• The coleader needs to build trust with the members by showing right kind of attitude and actions. These are the factors that help the coleader to build trust. They are:-
• The leader should be attentive to the members and listen to them carefully in order to connect easily. The leader should get involved in understanding members' issues and concern in order to build trust.
• The leader should understand the nonverbal communication of members to understand their feelings and thought process.
• The leader needs to empathize with the members in order to extend support and guidance.
• The leader should act genuinely and should not fake his feelings.
• The leader should not disclose more about their personal life as the session focus on the members' personal life. The leader needs to act wisely if asked by members to disclose about his personal problem.
• The leader should handle conflict situations appropriately.
• The leader should focus on maintaining the trust throughout the sessions.
• The degree of structure that should be provided by coleader should be based on different factors. They are:-
• The theoretical knowledge of the leaders
• Type of group
• Number of members
• The stage of group.
Therapeutic structuring is important during initial stage because members are new to each other and to the group environment. They are not clear about various aspects of the group. The structure should be little and appropriate to avoid dependency of the members on the leaders. In this way the members will focus on what they need from the group and will take initiative to solve the issues they have.
Therapeutic structuring would be very effective in proper functioning of the group because members will participate actively, take initiations, understand each others' needs and extend support to each other. This results in building cohesion within the group. The leaders need to monitor and control therapeutic structure throughout the group development.

It is the responsibility of both the leader and the members if the group struggle at initial stage because members are new to the group environment. Leader needs to create comfortable work atmosphere, clarity about goals, roles and responsibilities, helps in building trust and discussing various aspects of the group. This type of leadership style is called directive and the members fails to take responsibility of failure. If leader don't take responsibility and thinks that his role in the group is minimal then the group will not meet the goal effectively. So it would be important to balance the responsibility of the group between members and the leader.
If the group is lost at the first session, the leader should interact with the members, understand their needs, what they expect from the group etc. Leader needs to make the member understand that the progress of the group depends on participating and taking responsibility equally. Leader should make them differentiate their personal goal with the goal of the group. Leader needs to clarify them about their role and how they can connect with each other.
• Personal goal of members will help them to show direction about what they want to achieve. In order to make the members to have clear understanding about the goal the coleader should counter-ask questions related to their goal. Asking appropriate questions that are linked to members' goal will give more information to the leader and the understanding of how to go ahead with the member. Assisting members in designing their goals in collaborative fashion is the responsibility of the leader. Goal setting is an on-going process and it is the responsibility of the leader to see whether the goal is met at different stages of group process or they want to revise the goals.

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Brainstorming About Ways of Creating Trust. In small groups explore as many ideas and ways you can think of that might facilitate the establishment of trust in your group. What factors do you think are likely to lead to trust? What would it take for you to feel a sense of trust in a group? What do you see as the major barriers to the development of trust?
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The factors that are likely to lead to trust in a group both by members and leaders are as follows:-
• Members do not fear to express feelings.
• Members giving more focus to themselves rather than others.
• Revealing personal information in self-disclosure process to connect effectively.
• Members should be goal-oriented.
• The leader should be attentive to the members and listen to them carefully in order to connect easily. The leader should get involved in understanding members' issues and concern in order to build trust.
• The leader should understand the nonverbal communication of members to understand their feelings and thought process.
• The leader needs to empathize with the members in order to extend support and guidance.
• The leader should act genuinely and should not fake his feelings.
• The leader should not disclose more about their personal life as the session focus on the members' personal life. The leader needs to act wisely if asked by members to disclose about his personal problem.
• The leader should handle conflict situations appropriately.
• The leader should focus on maintaining the trust throughout the sessions.
The sense of trust can be felt in a group when members show interest in participating in group activities, cooperation among members, following the rules and regulations of the group, express feelings without any fear, ready to take risk, understand each other, listen to other members and extend support etc.
Major barrier to the development of trust are as follows:-
• Anger and suspicion with members and not expressing their feelings.
• Members not clear about their need or are too much expressive and does not match to the needs of other members.
• Focusing more on their issue and not giving importance to others' concern.
• Not taking participation in self-disclosure process
• Members not ready to take risk.
• Members not clear about personal goals and group goals.

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Here are some suggestions for making the best use of this chapter along with the initial stage segment of the first program, Evolution of a Group. If you are not viewing the DVD ( Groups in Action ) in class or working with this program, skip the following exercises. Creating Trust: Leader and Member Roles. Trust issues are never settled once and for all. As you view the first section of the DVD, how would you describe the level of trust during the initial stage in this group? Think about ideas for facilitating trust in groups you will lead. What factors do you think are likely to lead to trust? What would it take for you to feel a sense of trust in a group? What are the major barriers to the development of trust? What are some specific fears members raised, and how were these fears dealt with during this initial session? What did you learn about some ways to create trust in a group by viewing the early phase of this group?
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Here are some suggestions for making the best use of this chapter along with the initial stage segment of the first program, Evolution of a Group. If you are not viewing the DVD ( Groups in Action ) in class or working with this program, skip the following exercises. Using the Workbook With the DVD. If you are using the DVD and workbook, refer to Part 2: Initial Stage of the workbook and complete all the exercises. Reading this section and addressing the questions will help you conceptualize group process by integrating the text with the DVD and the workbook.
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Here are some suggestions for making the best use of this chapter along with the initial stage segment of the first program, Evolution of a Group. If you are not viewing the DVD ( Groups in Action ) in class or working with this program, skip the following exercises. Group Process Concepts at the Initial Stage. Structuring is an important process during the early phase of a group. What kind of structuring did you observe us providing? How might you provide a different kind of structuring if you were leading or cofacilitating this group? How did we deal with the issue of cultural diversity that emerged early in the life of the group? What specific norms are we actively attempting to shape early in this group?
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Here are some suggestions for making the best use of this chapter along with the initial stage segment of the first program, Evolution of a Group. If you are not viewing the DVD ( Groups in Action ) in class or working with this program, skip the following exercises. Identifying and Clarifying Goals. If you were leading this group, would you have a clear sense of what the members wanted to get from the group experience?
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Here are some suggestions for making the best use of this chapter along with the initial stage segment of the first program, Evolution of a Group. If you are not viewing the DVD ( Groups in Action ) in class or working with this program, skip the following exercises. Opening and Closing Group Sessions. Notice the use of the check-in and the checkout procedures in the DVD. What techniques would you use to open a session in a group you are leading? What did you learn about leader interventions in getting members to check in and state how they would like to use time for a session? What specific techniques for ending a session did you read about and also observe in the DVD? What are some lessons you are learning about the importance of bringing a group session to a close?
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Here are some suggestions for making the best use of this chapter along with the initial stage segment of the first program, Evolution of a Group. If you are not viewing the DVD ( Groups in Action ) in class or working with this program, skip the following exercises. Group Characteristics of the Initial Stage. Think about how the characteristics described in this chapter are evident in the initial stage of the group depicted in the DVD. What are the members anxious about, and how safe did most of them feel from the very beginning? What early concerns did the members voice? Are there any potential hidden agendas? If so, what might they be? What process is being employed to help the members get acquainted?
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The Beginning Stage of a Group. This exercise can be used to get group members acquainted with one another, but you can practice it in class to see how it works. The class breaks into dyads and selects new partners every 10 minutes. Each time you change partners, consider a new question or issue. The main purpose of the exercise is to get members to contact all the other members of the group and to begin to reveal themselves to others. We encourage you to add your own questions or statements to this list of issues: • Discuss your reservations about the value of groups. • What do you fear about groups? • What do you most want from a group experience? • Discuss how much trust you have in your group. Do you feel like getting involved? What are some things that contribute to your trust or mistrust? • Decide which of the two of you is dominant. Does each of you feel satisfied with his or her position? • Tell your partner how you imagine you would feel if you were to colead a group with him or her.
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Assessing Your Group. If there is an experiential group associated with your group class, assess the degree to which the characteristics of your group are similar to the initial stage described in this chapter. What is the atmosphere like in your group? What kind of group participant are you? What is your degree of satisfaction with your group? Are there steps you can take to bring about any changes you may want to see in your group? To what degree is trust being established, and what is the safety level in the group? What kinds of norms are being formed at this early stage?
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Initial Session. For this exercise six students volunteer to assume the roles of group members at an initial group session, and two volunteer to take on the roles of coleaders. Have the coleaders begin by giving a brief orientation explaining the group's purpose, the role of the leader, the rights and responsibilities of the members, the ground rules, group process procedures, and any other pertinent information they might actually give in the first session of a group. The members then express their expectations and fears, and the leaders try to deal with them. This lasts for approximately half an hour, and the class members then describe what they saw occurring in the group. The group members describe how they felt during the session and offer suggestions for the coleaders. The coleaders can discuss with each other the nature of their experience and how well they feel they did, either before any of the feedback or afterward.
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