Simple Group Example
When a group has a general, expected format (whether you are looking at a treatment group or a task group), it helps all of the members have an idea of what to expect and for it to be easier to create norms.
When I was at the Crisis Residential Center in Spokane, I frequently led groups for the youth staying there. I had a general format that I would always follow:
- Review the rules
- Check-in question
- Fun engaging activity
- Work on a specific topic or skill
[Activity] Have all students move desks into a circle. Go through the first three steps of the group. We are going to go through a part of a group exercise to see what it can look like. We will role-play as if this is a therapeutic group working on communication skills.
Determine Group Rules
If any of you have every part, sometimes it can be a little bit difficult… one way that we can make it a little bit easier is to set up some ground rules for while we are at the group. Does anybody have any suggestions about possible rules for our group sessions?
- Elicit ideas
- Write on the board
- Review them
- Thank the group
If you could describe your day today as an animal, any animal… what would it be today and why?
- Ask check-in question (highs and lows today)
- Follow up on some of the group members and why they picked what they picked
Today, we are going to do a pretty fun activity. It is kind of like telephone, but… completely different…
Picture is worth a 1,000 words
- Description: Variation of telephone. Each group member is given a piece of paper. They are instructed to write a short phrase on their paper. The paper is passed to the next person. That person is instructed to draw a picture of the phrase. Before they pass their picture to the next person they fold and cover the written statement directly above. This process is repeated until papers get back to the original writer.
- Purpose: The phrase to drawing changes what the writer intended. This often happens when we communicate.
Today we are going to be talking about communication. What did we see when we did the activity? How could that relate to how we communicate?
What did you see and not see?
- What did you see in my facilitation of the group
- What worked, what didn’t
- Is this something you could imagine doing in a group?