Dealing with Group Conflict
Group conflict is a major reason that group members prematurely leave the group, and that groups disband altogether. This session offers a new approach for thinking about and dealing with conflict, including a theoretical base for transforming conflict from an unwelcome interruption into a tool for personal and interpersonal use. Essential group leadership skills are examined enabling participants to: transform reaction into response; establish norms; and shape desirable dynamics; assist group members to engage in whole-group rather than hot-seat or fish-bowl processes; and help group members transfer newly-learned skills into other groups to which they belong. Instruction, discussion, case analysis, group exercises; handouts and bibliography.
Dealing with Problematic Dynamics in Youth Groups
Adopt a new approach for thinking about and dealing with group members who bully other members, scapegoat or are scapegoated, or monopolize the group process. Change your approach from one that is individual-oriented to one that is interaction-based, giving the whole group the responsibility for managing what takes place in the group. Examine the relationship between stage of group development and leadership, and enhance your skills and strategies for intervening. Instruction, group discussion, case analysis, and structured activities; handouts and bibliography.
The Purposeful Use of Activity with Children and Adolescents
Use activities to help children and adolescents increase their personal and interpersonal skills, develop their coping and problem-solving skills, and build their self-esteem. Learn about the differences between haphazard and purposeful use of activity based on a group’s purpose; and develop a theoretical framework for planning, designing, introducing, and using activities based on stages of group development as well as members’ developmental level. Instruction, group discussion, case analysis, structured activities from the facilitator’s two books, ACTivities for Group Work with School Age Children and ACTivities for Group Work with Adolescents;” handouts and bibliography.
Set the Stage for Success
This training will teach you to use a planning model to think about and plan for every aspect of your group (including composition, purpose, goals, content and structure). Learn how to conduct a needs assessment, and strengthen your ability to understand and talk to potential group members about their needs and wants. Design activities that are aligned with group stage, advance purpose, and assist members to achieve their goals. This is an active and interactive workshop in which participants work together to plan their respective groups.
Bereavement Groups For Early Adolescents and Teenagers
Helping young people who have lost a loved one – to come together and help each other to cope – is a powerful healing process. This workshop guides participants through a twelve week research-driven curriculum that focuses on the needs of individual members – and the group as a whole – during beginnings, middles and ends. Each week of the curriculum outlines activities that assist young people to reach their goals, and provides a guide and tips for the group leader. Instruction, group discussion, activities; curriculum and bibliography.