This is a supplement for group work courses that enables instructors to teach skill-building through active participation in groups. It could also be used as part of any human services course to facilitate active learning. Students learning to conduct groups or group counseling or to facilitate social work practice with groups will appreciate these exercises and should keep this supplement as part of their social work library when they enter practice. The exercises can be used with many different types of groups, including students in classroom settings; various kinds of therapy, including hospital therapy; and workshops. The text identifies different group stages and presents exercises that are suitable for each stage. Clearly and accurately described, each exercise provides the actual language that can be used by group facilitators; variations of each exercise are provided, as well as "Tips," or practical suggestions for dealing with a broad range of group process issues. A chapter on evaluation (Ch. 9) provides creative formats for evaluating groups.
1.Introduction. Using This Book. Purposes of Interactive Exercises. Factors in Choosing Exercises. Questions to Ask Yourself as You Choose an Exercise. Role of the Facilitator. Techniques to Accompany Interactive Exercises. Considerations When Working with Diverse Groups. 2.Ice Breakers. Short Division: Managing Large Groups by Subdividing. Introductions. Who's Done It? Getting Acquainted. The Round. The Game of the Name. What's in Your Name? The Baggage Department. I'll Tell You if You'll Tell Me. The First Blush. Singing in the Rain. 3.Enhancing Group Functioning. Let's Get Together. Elephant in the Meeting Room. What's Your Screen? Centre Stage. The Belt. Fish Bowl 1. Fish Bowl 2. Solution Circle. Dream Catcher. 4.Middle Phase and Transitions. Breathing Lessons. Simple Soothers. Relaxation Script. Wake up! Shake up! Mysterious Happenings. Truth and Lies. Temperature Check. Positive Gossiping. Recalling the Past. 5.Teaching Concepts and Developing Skills. The Feelings Charade. Pick a Word, Any Word. Complete the Sentence. The Launching. Freewriting. The Participant as Teacher. Chinese Practice. Mind Reading. Dirty Words. Simulation for Stimulation. 6.Values. Privacy Zone. Miracle Workers. Three Characters. Catastrophe Strikes! What's Most Important? The Ideal Pie Deal. Where Do I Stand? 7.Self-Enhancement. Defining Your Space. Boundaries. The Collage. Where Do I Feel? Off-the-Wall Solutions. Happy Affirmation to You! Where Do I Go from Here? How Do I Love? Weeding Your Garden. Self-Valuing. Spider Web. Show Me a Lifeline! Showing Your Stuff. 8.Endings. Types of Endings. Self-Exploration. Three Wishes. Surprise Box. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter. Self-Exploration. Symbolic Review. Graduation Day. Party Time. 9.Evaluations. Alternative Forms of Evaluation. Evaluative Questions. Creative Formats for Acquiring Feedback. Group Evaluation. A Star Is Born!
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