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SELF-CRITIQUE

SMALL GROUP PROCESS FORM


Laura Tucker Goemaat

Quality of Process: 1 2 3 4 5

High Average Low

I. BASIC SMALL GROUP PROCESS SKILLS:


a. Setting the stage: 2

b. Introducing the topic: 2

c. Sharing: 2

d. Discussion/Cognition: 1

e. Termination/Transition: 2

II. SMALL GROUP RULES DISCUSSED/OUTLINED:


a. Clearly stated and/or understood by students 2

b. Enforced appropriately (i.e.,"I" messages, nonverbal, etc.) 2

c. Appropriate use of discipline (i.e., time-out, Glasser model) N/A

III. SMALL GROUP TECHNIQUES:


a. Effective modeling: 2

b. Open ended questions: 2


c. Counseling skills consistently utilized:
1. Reflection 2
2. Paraphrase 1
3. Nonverbal language 1
4. Eye contact 1
5. Positive reinforcement (equally distributed) 2
6. Minimized "teaching" 1
7. Summarization 2
IV. Self-Reflection: For this being my first small group ever, I thought it went very
smoothly and my counseling skills were strong. One area to improve upon would be
to form group rules more clearly at the very beginning and to always re-state them
at the beginning of a new session. I felt like members of the group were so eager to
share that introducing the topic was a little fumbled. If I could re-do the beginning of
the group, I would think of a better way to have students introduce themselves
because when I modeled this, I centered on my family which then made the
students introduce their family structure, and that gave way to how/why the group
was formed. My basic counseling skills remained strong throughout the group
session. I did a very nice job of paraphrasing and reflecting. I kept “teaching” to a
minimum and really let the students discuss the topic and share their experiences.
My summary of the session could have been stronger, but I do think it was
important to go over group expectations at the end before the students left the
session. Since having the first small group session, each of the individuals have asked
me when we get to meet again next, which has been a huge boost of confidence in
having small groups. I plan to meet with this group every week until the end of the
school year!