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Group Dynamics and Progress

Group Facilitation: Group Dynamics and Progress

Assignment Overview

This assignment addresses Outpatients – Part 2 of the video, Understanding Group Psychotherapy Series, which you watched in this unit’s studies.

By successfully completing this assignment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following competencies and behaviors:
•Competency 1: Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior. ◦C1.GP.E: Use supervision and consultation to guide professional judgment and behavior. ◦Related Assignment Criterion: ◦3. Identify how a facilitator integrates feedback through consultation.

•Competency 7: Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities. ◦C7.GP.A: Collect and organize data, and apply critical thinking to interpret information from clients and constituencies. ◦Related Assignment Criterion: ◦2. Describe a facilitator’s group management skills.

•Competency 4: Engage in Practice-informed Research and Research-informed Practice. ◦C4.GP.C: Use and translate research evidence to inform and improve practice, policy, and service delivery. ◦Related Assignment Criterion: ◦5. Discuss the application of best practices or evidence-based techniques of group facilitation.

•Competency 6: Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities. ◦C6.GP.A: Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment, person-in-environment, and other multidisciplinary theoretical frameworks to engage with clients and constituencies. ◦Related Assignment Criterion: ◦2. Describe a facilitator’s group management skills.

•Competency 7: Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities. ◦C7.GP.B: Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment, person-in-environment, and other multidisciplinary theoretical frameworks in the analysis of assessment data from clients and constituencies. ◦Related Assignment Criterion: ◦2. Describe a facilitator’s group management skills.

•Competency 8: Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities. ◦C8.GP.B: Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment, person-in-environment, and other multidisciplinary theoretical frameworks in interventions with clients and constituencies. ◦Related Assignment Criterion: ◦2. Describe a facilitator’s group management skills.

•Competency 9: Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities. ◦C9.GP.B: Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment, person-in-environment, and other multidisciplinary theoretical frameworks in the evaluation of outcomes. ◦Related Assignment Criterion: ◦2. Describe a facilitator’s group management skills.

•Competency 7: Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities. ◦C7.GP.C: Develop mutually agreed-on intervention goals and objectives based on the critical assessment of strengths, needs, and challenges within clients and constituencies. ◦Related Assignment Criterion: ◦2. Describe a facilitator’s group management skills.

•Competency 8: Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities. ◦C8.GP.E: Facilitate effective transitions and endings that advance mutually agreed-on goals. ◦Related Assignment Criterion: ◦2. Describe a facilitator’s group management skills.

Assignment Description

For this assignment, you will focus on group dynamics and group progress.

Assignment Instructions

Follow these parameters to complete the assignment:
•Short summary of the sessions.
•Part 3: Group Dynamics. ◦Description of all four observation parameters, noting specific strengths and suggestions for improvement: ◦Facilitator ability to recognize group members’ verbal and non-verbal messages.
◦Facilitator ability to interpret group members’ meaning and motivation.
◦Facilitator ability to manage group members’ participation.
◦Facilitator recognition of the cultural roots of expected or accepted forms of communication in the group.

•Part 4: Group Progress. ◦Description of all three observation parameters, noting specific strengths and suggestions for improvement: ◦Facilitator ability to manage sensitive self-disclosure to the group.
◦Facilitator management of issues of vertical versus horizontal disclosure.
◦Facilitator management of content versus process.

•Conclusion. ◦Explanation of overall facilitator strengths and suggestions.
◦Assessment of overall group progress from Part 1 to Part 4.

A good supervisor should be able to back up their observations and suggestions with a body of evidence; as such, you should support your analyses with citations from both peer-reviewed literature and your textbook.

Submission Requirements
•Written communication: Written communication should be free of errors that detract from the overall message.
•APA formatting: Resources and citations should be formatted according to current APA style and formatting standards.
•Number of resources: Minimum of five scholarly sources. All literature cited should be current, with publication dates within the past five years.
•Length of paper: Minimum of three double-spaced pages.
•Font and font size: Times New Roman, 12 point.

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