Self-Help Group

1036 WordsNov 23, 20055 Pages
People grow in interaction with many systems, such as school systems, neighborhood systems, and extended family systems. These systems offer a needed source of social support. Social support systems are continuing social aggregates that provide individuals with opportunities for feedback about themselves and for validations for their expectations about others, which may offset deficiencies in these communications within the larger community context (Ashford, Lecroy, & Lortie, 2001). Social support systems can be classified into five different types: self-help groups, social networks, natural helpers, formal organizations, and formed groups. Self-help groups are different from the other groups because they control their own resources and…show more content…
There was then a discussion and information sharing centered on gratitude and abstinence, beginning with the speaker telling her own personal story and other members sharing their own personal experiences. During the next part of the meeting, time was set aside to discuss business such as planning of projects, activities, announcements and collection of dues and contributions. Lastly, was the formal closing statement by the group facilitator. In retrospect, participating in this activity was very enlightening. It allowed me to fully observe interaction of a group. I realized the importance of having a facilitator in a group to enable effectual participation in the group. I observed the shifting role of the facilitator during the meeting. From the beginning when she clarified the purpose of the meeting to when she shared her experiences and encouraged members to do the same, and finally when she gave a closing statement of what was discussed during the meeting and the goal for the next session. From watching, I saw how the facilitator structured the meeting in the beginning when members were discussing among themselves; she put everything in order by saying what needed to be done. I also observed group respect among the members; they all listened attentively to each other without interruptions. Also at the end of the meeting, the facilitator concluded with a statement of what was discussed and
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