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Final Stage Summary: Stage Characteristics. Some sadness and anxiety over reality of separation Members likely to pull back / participate in less intense ways in anticipation of ending of group Members deciding what courses of action they are likely to take.

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final stage summary stage characteristics
Final Stage Summary: Stage Characteristics
  • Some sadness and anxiety over reality of separation
  • Members likely to pull back / participate in less intense ways in anticipation of ending of group
  • Members deciding what courses of action they are likely to take
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Final Stage Summary: Stage Characteristics (cont.)
  • Some fears of separation as well as fears about being able to carry over into daily life some of what was experienced in the group
  • Members may express their fears, hopes, concerns for one another
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Final Stage Summary: Stage Characteristics (cont.)
  • Group sessions may be devoted partly to preparing members to meet significant others in everyday life; possible role playing and behavior rehearsal for relating to others
  • Potential member evaluation of the group experience
  • Possible talk about follow-up meetings or some plan for accountability
final stage summary member functions
Final Stage Summary: Member Functions
  • Dealing with feelings about separating and termination
  • Preparing for generalizing learning to everyday life
  • Offering feedback that will give others a better picture of how they are perceived
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Final Stage Summary: Member Functions (cont.)
  • Completing unfinished business, either issues they’ve brought to group or issues that pertain to people in the group
  • Evaluating impact of the group
  • Making decisions and plans concerning what changes they want to make and how they will go about making them
final stage summary member possible problems
Final Stage Summary: Member Possible Problems
  • Avoiding reviewing their experience and failing to put it into some cognitive framework, limiting the generalization of their learning
  • Members distance themselves due to separation anxiety
  • Considering the group an end in itself and not use it as a way to continue to grow
final stage summary leader functions
Final Stage Summary: Leader Functions
  • Assist members with feelings about termination
  • Provide opportunity for members to express and deal with unfinished business within group
  • Reinforce changes made by members & ensure resource information available
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Final Stage Summary: Leader Functions
  • Assist members determine how they will apply specific skills in daily life
  • Develop specific contracts & homework as practical ways to make changes
  • Assist clients develop a conceptual framework to help integrate learning
  • Provide opportunities for members to give each other constructive feedback
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Final Stage Summary: Leader Functions
  • Reemphasizing the importance of maintaining confidentialty
  • Administering end-of-group assessment evaluate the nature of individual changes & evaluate the group
postgroup stage summary member functions
Postgroup Stage Summary: Member Functions
  • Finding ways of reinforcing themselves without group support
  • Keeping some record of their changes, including process and problems, so they can determine long-term effects of their group experience
  • Finding ways of continuing with new behaviors through self-directed program for change
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Postgroup Stage Summary: Member Functions (cont.)
  • Attending an individual session (if scheduled) to discuss how well their goals were met
  • Attending a follow-up group session to share with fellow members what they have done with their group experience after termination
postgroup stage summary member possible problems
Postgroup Stage Summary: Member Possible Problems
  • If members have difficulty applying what they learned in group to everyday situations, they might become discouraged and discount the value of the group
  • Potential problems in continuing with new behaviors without the supportive environment of the group
postgroup stage summary member possible problems cont
Postgroup Stage Summary: Member Possible Problems (cont.)
  • Forgetting that change demands time, effort, work, practice, and thus may not use what they’ve learned
postgroup stage summary leader functions
Postgroup Stage Summary: Leader Functions
  • Offering private consultations if any member needs it, at least on limited basis to discuss a members’ reactions to group experience
  • If applicable, providing for follow-up group session or individual interviews to assess impact of the group
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Postgroup Stage Summary: Leader Functions (cont.)
  • Finding out about specific referral resources for members who want or need further consultation
  • Encouraging members to find some avenues of continued support and challenge, to mark the beginning of a search for self-understanding
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Postgroup Stage Summary: Leader Functions (cont.)
  • Assisting members to develop contracts enabling them to make use of support systems among the group members and outside the group
  • Meeting with co-leader to discuss overall effectiveness of the group
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Postgroup Stage Summary: Leader Functions (cont.)
  • Administering postgroup assessment to determine the long-range impact of the group
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