Please no plagiarism and make sure you are able to access all resource on your own before you bid. One of the references must come from Corey, M. S., Corey, G., & Corey, C. (2018). You are expected to include at least one scholarly and peer-reviewed resource outside of those provided in the readings for each discussion post. I need this completed by 07/18/18 at 6pm.
By Day 3
· Explain how you will terminate your group. Be specific in describing the strategies you would use.
· Provide at least 2 supports or resources that you would offer members in need of help outside the group.
· Explain how you would evaluate the group experience. (This can be a more subjective gauge of group satisfaction.)
· Explain how you would measure progress toward group goals. (This should be an objective measure of group outcomes, such as a rating scale, standardized instrument, or a questionnaire.)
Here is an example of a post that a classmate completed from my group. We are doing a group for Domestic Violence Survivors:
The group that has been established is a group of Domestic Violence survivors. With this particular group it is important to not wait until the final session to prepare the participants for the end. As the initial stage of a group is critical to the groups functioning preparing members for the end of the group is equally imperative. Since dealing with a group that can be an emotionally charged group, to end the group I would educate the group about what to expect during the final stages. For instance, about two to three sessions prior to the final stage, I will remind members that the group will end and the importance of making the most of the group time; as well as helping them comprehend the benefits of being involved in the group before it ends. According to Corey, Corey, and Corey (2018) termination can begin on the first day of the group so leaders should prepare members throughout their interactions for the ending of the group. During the video Dr. Corey (Haynes, 2014) emphasize reminding members of the ending and always preparing the for termination. With a group like Domestic Violence survivors it can be most helpful to let them know what can be expected in an attempt to ease tension of the unknown since they come from situations that can often times be unpredictable.
Resources after Group
Even though the group sessions have been terminated it is still important to offer group members resources that they can take with them when the weekly group experience is no longer available to them. Two resources or supports I would offer group members after the sessions have ended include a follow-up session and the option of linking with a group member. One objective of the follow-up session would be for the member to realize how he or she is utilizing the tools learned in group in their everyday life. Dr. Corey detailed the importance of follow-up groups and how they allow members to explore what they have achieved while in the group outside of the group (Haynes, 2014). Like the follow-up sessions, linking with a former group member will give the member support as well as an accountability partner. These resources can give members a reference when the group is no longer available for support and help members identify things that they have or wish to accomplished.
After the group experience has ended a tool that can be used to evaluate the group experience is a questionnaire. According to Corey (et. al 2018) questionnaires encourage members to again reflect and one more time put into words the meaning of their experiences in the group. Questionnaire also give the group leader a tool to measure how well the group benefitted the members and gives the leaders an opportunity to make constructive changes. Another way to evaluate the group experience is to check in with the members during the final meeting to hear what different members have to report about their experiences of the group (Haynes, 2014). This dialogue could help the members and leaders to gauge the mindsets of the members from the first session to the last sessions. In other words, it will allow all involved to witness that the feelings and attitudes may have changed since the initial session. Evaluations are helpful to the group experience since it can benefit both members and leaders.
Corey, M. S., Corey, G., & Corey, C. (2018). Groups: Process and practice (10th ed.). Boston, MA: Cengage.
Haynes, R. (2014). Groups in action: Evolution and challenges [Video file]. Borderline Productions.