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IPFW
2101 E. Coliseum Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
260-481-6100
www.ipfw.edu

ASGW
5999 Stevenson Ave.
Alexandria, VA 22304
www.asgw.org

Last Updated:
March 23, 2006

Thursday, June 22 Presenters: Amy Nitza, Susan Warm, and Janice DeLucia-Waack

8:00-12:00 Theme: Introduction to group work with children and adolescents and building a group amongst ourselves.

Introductions, review syllabus and course guidelines. Introduction to group work with children and adolescents.

  • Why groups?
  • How are groups with children/adolescents different?
  • How does it work in schools/community settings?
  • What makes them successful? Tips for success.
  • How do they facilitate change? Therapeutic forces
  • Stages, planning

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-5:00 Theme: Group work with the experts.

Janice DeLucia-Waack will describe her approach to group work. (Structured activities, process, interaction)

  • Introduction to group work with the experts demonstration.
  • Outline of rationale, activity, and processing that will take place during the demonstration.
  • How activities fit into groups with children/adolescents. Importance of activities fitting the purpose of the group and that they should promote connections.
  • How to process activities and promote interaction.

6:30-8:30 Theme: Group work with the experts.

  • Continue with the above information.

Friday, June 23 Presenter: Janice DeLucia-Waack

8:00-12:00; 1:00-5:00

All day demonstration of “Group Work with the Experts." This will allow the student to observe a small group session with children or adolescents and give them an opportunity to ask questions about the process.

Tuesday, June 27 Presenter: Ed Jacobs

8:00-12:00 Theme: Group work skills with children and adolescents.

8:00-8:30 Debrief from demonstration.

8:30-9:00 Leadership skills and role of leader–

  • Seven guiding questions of group leading.
  • Group leadership skills.
  • Leadership styles, approaches and functions.
  • What makes an effective leader?

9:00-9:30 Common mistakes of group leaders.

9:30-10:00 Questioning

10:00-12:00 Group activities and exercises.

  • Introducing, conducting, and processing exercises.
  • Content vs. Process; How to process creative activities and exercises

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-5:00 Theme: Group work activities with children and adolescents.

1:00-5:00 Finish information regarding group activities and exercises. Demonstrate sample creative activities and exercises to utilize in groups

Wednesday, June 28 Presenter: Ed Jacobs

8:00-12:00 Theme: Group work activities with children and adolescents.

8:00-8:30 Activities for different stages of group. How to choose activities to match stage of group. Examples of activities by stage. Processing at different stages.

8:30-11:00 Practice in small groups processing activities and exercises

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-5:00 Theme: Group work activities with children and adolescents.

1:00-4:30 Continuation of previous dialogue with more focus on practicing and role-playing the activities and skills demonstrated.

4:30-5:00 Ed Jacobs debriefs with members about experience.

Thursday, June 29 Presenter: Amy Nitza

8:00-12:00 Theme: Skills needed for group work with children and adolescents and practice of these skills.

8:00-11:15 1. Turning Problem Situations into Learning Experiences

2. Leadership skills

3. Therapeutic interaction techniques

11:20-12:00 Group leader 1. Group activities. Each student chooses an activity from “Group Work Experts Share Their Favorite Activities” book and leads the group. One student per session will be the process-observer. The activity should last only 30 minutes and then 10 minutes will be for feedback.

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-5:00 Theme: Leading group work activities with children and adolescents.

1:00-1:40 Group leader 2.

1:40-2:20 Group leader 3.

2:20-3:00 Group leader 4.

3:00-3:40 Group leader 5.

3:40-4:20 Group leader 6.

4:20-5:00 Debrief in large group about the experience.

Friday, June 30 Presenter: Amy Nitza

8:00-12:00 Wrap-up of experience.

  • Reflection from members about the course and what they learned about groups.
  • End with a wrap up exercise that allows members to process the experience for themselves and determine how they will take what they have learned and apply it to their work setting.
  • Reflection paper due.

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