Group Creation Project
Students will create their own group proposal with accompanying marketing flyer/brochure using the criteria listed below.The proposal should be in APA format.The flyer/brochure would be a “promotional” item that could be utilized for your group.
- The proposal will require:
- Flyer/Brochure:should contain key information promoting your group (type, time, place, etc.) – be creative!
- Title and reference page – _____/5
- No abstract required
- Brief Introduction – ______/5
- Rationale – _____/12
- Objectives – _____/12
- Practical considerations – _____/12
- Group procedures – ______/12
- Evaluation of the group – ______/12
TOTAL = 70 points
- Presentation – _____/15
- Flyer/Brochure – ______/15
TOTAL = 100 points
Component Elements of the Group Proposal
A well-crafted group proposal will have detailed information addressing each of the following areas: a rationale for the group, objectives for the group, practical considerations, group procedures, and method(s) for evaluations.Research and supporting materials should be utilized.Each of these areas will be described in greater detail below.
Rationale for the Group – The counselor must provide a rationale as to why this group is being created.In writing a proposal one should strive toward explaining what type of group is being proposed along with why this group will be important or worthwhile.Such an explanation might include a perceived client need, a particular social trend, neglected issues, or recent research that suggests that a particular type of group intervention is of preference.
Objectives for the Group – What are you hoping to accomplish by running this group?Your objectives need to be congruent with the rationale for the group detailed in the previous.For example, if your rationale states that you are starting a group to address issues of loss and grieving because there are eight clients at your agency who had just loss a significant other, it would not be appropriate to have objects that were geared toward reducing symptoms of bulimia.You must ask yourself, “What do I most want the people in this group to gain from being a member of the group?”It is also important to make you objectives specific and measurable.For example, in a personal growth group an objective might be as follows:Each member will share and express of feelings toward others in the group using a here-and-now frame of reference.This objective is specific and it is measurable in that you can observe the number of times a member engages in the stated form of group interaction.
Practical Considerations – This category involves defining the nuts and bolts of forming and running the group.Where will group members come from?What population will you be looking to work with? What type of advertisement will you do?Where will the group meet?How many weeks will the group meet?What is the proposed length of time that each session will last?How will screening be conducted?How will group members be informed as to whether or not they have been admitted into the group?How will those not admitted into the group be served (e.g., individual counseling or referral)?How will informed consent be gained prior to members entering the group?How will members’ progress be recorded and by whom?These are just some questions that must be answered when taking the practical considerations of the group into account.
Group Procedures – This category addresses the specific actions that you will engage in as you are conducting the group.This may involve the theoretical orientation that is being applied during the running the group, specific exercises that may be involved, and elements of group process that may sever to meet the needs of the group members.When writing the procedures, the counselor should pay close attention to the objectives of the group in that it is by implementing the procedures that the group objectives are thought to be achieved.
Evaluation of the Group – How will you determine the extent to which the group was a success?This element must also be related to the objectives for the group.If your objectives where written in specific and measurable terms, the evaluation is simplified.You may choose to evaluate the group in terms of making specific observations or in some cases measuring change over time by conducting a per-test and post-test procedure using an appropriate psychometric instrument.
Materials gathered from:
Halstead, R. (n.d.) Writing a Group Proposal. Saint Joseph College, West Hartford, CT.