Group Work Basics
First-time and new group leaders; staff with hands-on group experience who want to understand the practices and theory of effective group work
Managers, supervisors, direct service providers, professional staff (social workers, guidance counselors), youth workers, and paraprofessional staff.
Overview & Learning Goals
Project staff will discuss the basic concepts of group process and group leadership. Participants will develop skills and practice principles, enabling them to:
- Set the stage for group success through careful planning
- Identify group purpose
- Establish group norms (e.g., confidentiality, safety)
- Understand how group stage effects the leader’s tasks and group members’ behaviors
- Manage difficult group members
- Engage the group members in problem-solving
- Use activities effectively and with purpose
- Address group conflict
Varies e.g., full and half-day workshops may be scheduled. The ‘comprehensive group basics training’ is a thirty-hour series.