604 a simmonds hansen handout4

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604 a simmonds hansen handout4

  1. 1. KEYS TO A POSITIVE GROUP PROCESS: ● Establish group guidelines early-on. Get input from everyone. ● Group facilitators should primarily serve as guides to the group, not directors. ● Believe the group can make good decisions for the group. ● Draw out quieter group members by asking them direct questions that are low risk, then thank them for their input. ● If a problem arises in the group, turn the problem over to the group. (Example: “I’m noticing that the same people seem to be the ones that make all the decisions. How do you guys think we can be sure to get everyone’s input?”) ● Establishroutines- Examples: always begin the meeting with a check- in, or an ice breaker, read a “quote of the day”, etc. ● Ask open-ended questions as opposed to ones that require only a one word answer. Exception: for apprehensive sharers, stick to the closed questions until they’re clearly more comfortable. ● Encourage the participants to communicate directly with one another instead of through the facilitators. Whenever you have the opportunity, turn it over to the group: “What do you think about what Lisa said?” ● Empower the participants. Examples: Have different group members be in charge of reading a quote, explaining a game, introducing a new activity, etc. ● Letthem know that each person is valuable. Affirm and encourage the group. Take time to say, “Thanks for sharing that,” or, “what a neat idea!” ● Be aware of any confidentiality issues inside and outside the group. Volunteers need to be very careful about sharing information with others. Youth Grief Services, 952-892-2111 www.youthgriefservices.org

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