Cognitive Group Therapy

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QUESTION 1 In the initial stage of group development, members begin to develop their relationship with one another and learn what is expected of them. Group members rely on safe, patterned behaviour and look to the group leader for guidance and direction. Group members have a desire for acceptance by the group and a need to be known that the group is safe (Corey, 1995). They set about gathering impressions and data about the similarities and differences among them and forming preferences for future subgrouping. Rules of behaviour seem to be to keep things simple and to avoid controversy. Serious topics and feelings are avoided. The major task functions also concern orientation. Members attempt to become oriented to the tasks as well as…show more content…
There is unity: group identity is complete, group morale is high, and group loyalty is intense. The task function becomes genuine problem solving, leading toward optimal solutions and optimum group development. There is support for experimentation in solving problems and an emphasis on achievement. The overall goal is productivity through problem solving and work. The final stage, consolidation, involves the termination of task behaviours and disengagement from relationships. A planned conclusion usually includes recognition for participation and achievement and an opportunity for members to say personal goodbyes (Corey, 1995). Concluding a group can create some apprehension - in effect, a minor crisis. The termination of the group is a regressive movement from giving up control to giving up inclusion in the group. The group will find that it can celebrate its accomplishments and that members will be learning new skills and sharing roles. QUESTION 2 In the initial stage of group development, the leader should be inclusive and empowering. He/she should make sure that everyone connected to the group is involved Corey, 1995). Inclusive leadership should be modelled and diverse members and talents should be sought out. Common purposes and targets of change should be identified and the environment should be one that fosters trust and builds commitment to the group. In the transitional stage, the leader should be ethical and open to other people 's ideas.
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