Creating Successful Group Experiences

Providers continually engage in creative and dynamic ways to support and empower our participants. One type of treatment approach is groups. Through group participation, group members often (1) gain the ability to view themselves and their situations more accurately, (2) increase feelings of empowerment and improve coping skills, (3) improve motivation and optimism by being with peers in similar situations, and finally (4) reduce feelings of isolation and increase feelings of esteem (Gitterman & Knight, 2016).

This Series on Creating Successful Group Experiences will provide useful information for first-time and well-seasoned facilitators to make the group experience a successful one. We will tackle questions such as: "How do I engage prospective clients to join a group? How do I structure and facilitate a group? How do I know if my group is successful?"
 


May 18, 2017 | 12:00-1:00pm

Part 1: How to Engage Prospective Clients in Making an Informed Decision about Group Participation

Presenter: James Rodriguez, PhD | Senior Research Scientist

In this initial webinar, Dr. Rodriguez will present the first of four series installments on Creating Successful Group Experiences.

This webinar highlights participant engagement and discusses group experiences while assessing members’ comfort, readiness, and applicability. The content presented will focus on working with adults, with some additional special considerations for working with children and youth.

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June 7, 2017 | 12:00-1:00pm

Part 2: Group Processes

Presenters: Geraldine “Jerry” Burton | Family Support Partner/Trainer
Ervin Torres | Community Collaborative Board Member
Aida Ortiz | Community Collaborative Board Member
Janet Watson | Community Collaborative Board Vice Chair

In this webinar, providers learn about the group process model developed by Bruce Tuckman (Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing, and Adjourning).

The presenters will discuss various aspects of organizational preparation, and identify common challenges throughout the group process with suggestions for effective challenge resolution. Various group models will be examined.

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June 14, 2017 | 12:00-1:00pm

Part 3: Facilitation Utilizing ROPES

Presenter: Tony Salerno, PhD | Practice and Policy Scholar

The third webinar introduces providers to an effective group facilitation method called ROPES (Review, Overview, Presentation, Exercise, Summary). ROPES provides a comprehensive yet efficient model useful for an organized and goal-oriented (themed) group to keep on track with each session. There will be a ROPES facilitation methods video demonstration.

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July 13, 2017 | 12:00-1:00pm

Part 4: Evaluation: Group Outcomes and Performance Indicators

Presenter: Tony Salerno, PhD | Practice and Policy Scholar

This is the final webinar ​of a four-part series on Creating Successful Group Experiences. This webinar provides information on measuring group efficacy through evaluations, which assess relevant outcomes and performance indicators.

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Resources

 

Part 1: How to Engage Prospective Clients in Making an Informed Decision about Group Participation Demonstration Video