REFLECTION PAPER INSTRUCTIONS
Watch all the segments in the First and Second Program on the Groups in Action DVD while following along in the workbook, reading the commentaries by Corey et al. (2014), and reflecting on the questions. You will then write a short Reflection Paper which must be submitted as a Word document on Blackboard. The paper must be engaging, substantive, and interesting. It must include self-reflection and personal application, not merely a summary and critique of what you viewed and read. Examine new insights about yourself as an emerging group leader from the perspective of a biblical worldview.
The paper must be 3–4 pages (1,000–1,300 words), not counting the title or reference pages (no abstract is necessary). Although you may use first person in this paper, remember it must be in current APA format. The paper must be well written, well organized, and free of grammar, spelling, or other writing errors. Address the following 2 topics by integrating relevant ideas from Corey et al. (2014) and Jacobs et al. (2016). Subheadings are unnecessary.
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1. Identify, by name, the group member in the first or second program with whom you identify with the most. Explain why you identify with this person, i.e. what experience or issue were you able to relate to? Briefly describe 1–2 situations in which this member was working. What thoughts, feelings, fears, etc. did the member articulate? What skills and techniques did the group leaders (Jerry and Marianne Corey) use to guide the working member and to deepen the focus? How were other group members involved in this process?
2. The Coreys established specific group norms in the beginning stage by encouraging group members to speak up, articulate their feelings, talk out loud, address one another, look at each other, and actively participate. These norms laid the foundation for interpersonal learning involving direct talk and role play in the present. Note how the leaders asked questions such as “Is there someone here you can relate to?” and “Who in here are you aware of right now?” to deepen the focus. Discuss your observations and reflections on how these and other leadership techniques used by the Coreys promoted therapeutic benefits for the group members.