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Conflict Strategies: What Are You Like?

Different people use different strategies for managing conflicts. These strategies are learned, usually in childhood, and they seem to function automatically. Usually we are not aware of how we act in conflict situations. We just do whatever seems to come naturally. But we do have a personal strategy, and because it was learned, we can always change it by learning new and more effective ways of managing conflict. When you...

Group Problem Solving

Being able to come to an equitable decision as efficiently as possible is important for the functioning of any group. Therefore, it is important to take into account the needs and opinions of every group member when solving problems and addressing issues. Following is one basic problem solving model among hundreds. Identify issue, problem, goal, or decision to be made. Analysis Examine the data and resources that you have...

Roles in Stages of Group Development

forming ⇒ storming ⇒ norming ⇒ performing ⇒ adjourning Forming Individual Group Facilitator cautiously optimistic getting acquainted becoming oriented needing direction looking for acceptance   no commitment looking for ways to develop a positive environment   focus on building group   Facilitator Responsibilities give direction set climate clarify roles & expectations define peer support provide structure...

Group Guidelines and Goals

Group guidelines are designed to hold the group together. When a guideline doesn’t seem to be working, ask: Does everyone understand the meaning of the guideline? Does everyone know what to do in order to uphold the guideline? Is everyone willing to agree to the guideline? Does anyone have any ideas on how to improve or adapt the guideline to better meet the needs of the group and its members? Common categories for...

Participatory Group Decision-Making

What is participatory group decision-making? an opportunity for everyone in the group to have a chance to speak their mind, where differences of opinion are valued rather than feared. an environment where group members do their best to understand one another especially in the face of pressure or when contradictions arise. a process that takes time and careful facilitation so that each member of the group feels heard,...

Learning Styles

Kolb’s Learning Styles Used with permission by Centre for Community Support & Research http://www.selfhelpnetwork.wichita.edu/ Used with permission by Centre for Community Support & Research http://www.selfhelpnetwork.wichita.edu/ Used with permission by Centre for Community Support & Research http://www.selfhelpnetwork.wichita.edu/ KOLB’S LEARNING STYLES This model works on two levels – a four-stage...

Leveling Power Dynamics

Leveling Power Dynamics Part I: Leveling General Power Imbalances Power comes in many forms and powerful groups are effective. In the context of peer-led groups everyone ideally has shared equality and power. Often in groups a power differential arises which creates a less effective group. In this case, we are referring to carrying out one’s own will despite resistance from others. Proactive Measures Include positively...