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LEARNING RESOURCES

· Toseland, R. W., & Rivas, R. F. (2017). An introduction to group work practice (8th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson.

· Chapter 6, “Planning the Group” (pp. 160–195)

Post the following:

· Describe the skills you need to plan for this group and explain how they are relevant and important.

Respond to two colleagues who selected a different type of group.

· Recommend one additional skill that could be effective for your colleague’s group and explain why.

RESPONSE1

Describe the skills you need to plan for this group and explain how they are relevant and important.

 

Focusing on the individual, the group itself, and the environment in which the group would be held, is the key pieces to the formation of the group. Some of the skills that is needed are having knowledge of human behavior and social environment (Toseland & Rivas, 2017). Other skills consist of having empathy, interpersonal skills, and reflection when dealing with a potential diverse group of people.

Practicing these skills will help with keeping control of the group when group work is provided. Providing systematic procedures helps to assist with accomplishing the goals that were discussed at the beginning of the meeting. Having my own self-awareness about the grieving process can help give group members encouragement with their issues (Janowiak, Mei-Tal, & Dapkin, 1993).

 

References

Janowiak, S. M., Mei-Tal, R., & Dapkin, R. G. (1993). Living with loss: A group for bereaved college students. 
Death Studies.

Toseland, R. W., & Rivas, R. F. (2017). 
An Introduction to Group Work Practice 8th Edition. Boston, MA: Pearson.

RESPONSE2

Describe the skills you need to plan for this group and explain how they are relevant and important.

I would like to facilitate a group that could work with caregivers.  One of the first steps is forming the group.  The primary concern of the group is to provide encouragement and validation for their service. Helping them with self-care help and a listening ear.  The next thing is the planning involves looking at the group as a whole and seeing what needs are met and adjusting the needs that are not met. “The planning process has two distinct parts. The first is directed at forming the group, the aspect with which this chapter is primarily concerned. The second part of planning includes the ongoing adjustments and forward-looking arrangements that are made by the leader and the members as the group progresses through its beginning, middle, and ending stages” (Toseland & Rivas, 2016, p. 160).  Planning gives the group a direction and some concrete ground to grow on.  The planning process is valuable for the facilitator and the members to see the whole picture of the group and its effectiveness. 

Reference:

Toseland, R. W., & Rivas, R. F. (2016). Introduction to Group Work Practice, An (8th ed.). Pearson Education (US).