Groups in Action Workbook – Evolution of a Group (Segments
4 and 5)
Upon viewing the Groups in Action
DVD (Segments 4-5, you will answer workbook questions that emphasize the
application of concepts and techniques appropriate to the various stages of a
As you watch the DVD, you will come to an icon number (17-29). It is at
this time that you must stop the DVD and read the text corresponding to the
icon number in the workbook.
For example, the first icon you will come to is 1: Initial Stage. Stop the DVD and read the text for Icon 1: Initial Stage in your workbook
Icon 17: Questions 1 and 2
(SusAnne) tells you she wants to work, yet she keeps herself very vague and
global. What do you say to her?
She needs to be determined about what she chose. For example, if she
wants to work to prove herself then she needs to make her decision in becoming
who and what she wants to be.
leading a group and ask, “Who wants to work?” There is a long silence and
nobody gives any indication of wanting to work. What assumptions might you draw
from this situation? What might you say?
Icon 19: Questions 2-5 (pp. 61-62)
that after Casey disclosed that she was gay, one member of the group said,
“Casey, I need to let you know that I have a hard time hearing this, because I
am not comfortable with homosexuality.” How would you intervene?
role play, Casey spoke to her symbolic mother in Vietnamese. As she did so,
what did you observe?
you have any concerns for Casey if she indicated her intention to tell her
mother that she is gay? Would you address your concerns with her? Why or why
would you say if several group members began pressuring Casey to talk to her
mother in real life and let her know about her sexual orientation?
Icon 20: Question 2 (p. 63)
would you decide what to focus on with Jyl? Would you focus on her sadness over
losing her father? Her issues with men? Her disappointment of not having become
a pianist? What would guide you in your decision?
Icon 21: Question 2 (p. 64)
Jackie has insight into her behavior, would you be inclined to suggest homework
to her, and if so, what would this be?
Icon 22: Questions 1 and 2
talks about striving to get her mother’s approval. What strategies would you
use to facilitate her work?
what you consider to be the pros and cons of the leader being utilized by group
members in role play.
Icon 23: Questions 1 and 3
you personally affected as you observed Darren’s work described above? How
might that influence the way you work with him?
you are leading the group and after Darren’s work, he announces, “I’m feeling
vulnerable and embarrassed. I can’t believe that I lost control like that.” How
would you deal with this statement?
Icon 24: Questions 3 and 6
that several members displayed anger toward James for having hurt a woman in
his life. How would you respond?
the nonverbal behavior of James when SusAnne is finished handing over to him
the hurt she’s been keeping inside. How might you work with the nonverbal
behaviors James expresses?
Icon 25: Questions 2 and 3
says, “It’s like I’ve been stabbed, in my heart and my core.” What possibilities
do you see of working with his symbolic and powerful words? Did any other words
catch your attention for possible exploration?
says, “I want to let my hurt go out the back door. I want to put it in the
freezer.” How might you intervene?
Icon 26: Question 1 (p. 78)
value do you see in journal writing once a group terminates? Explain.
Icon 27: Questions 1 and 2 (p. 79) and Question 2 (p.
you deal with endings in your personal life? How might that influence the
manner in which you address group endings?
your ethical responsibilities to group members with regard to the termination
of their group? Explain.
you say to a member in your group that said he was extremely disappointed in
himself for doing so little in the group?
Icon 28: Question 1 (p. 82)
leader, how will you deal with a conflict that does not surface until the end
of a group?
Icon 29: Questions 1 and 2
says, “I don’t want this group to end. I’d like to see us continue meeting as a
group.” What would you be inclined to do?
Jyl were to say, “I revealed a lot about myself and took risks. Now I am sorry
that I did because I feel more vulnerable and won’t have any place to go for
support.” What might you say or do?
From Corey, G., Corey, M.S., & Haynes, R.
(2006). Groups in Action: Evolution and
Challenges (8th ed.).Belmont, CA: