ERIC Number: ED124867
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: N/A
Structured Groups for Facilitating Development: Acquiring Life Skills, Resolving Life Themes, and Making Life Transitions.
Drum, David J.; Knott, J. Eugene
This monograph provides an overview of structured group approaches which supply both effective learning strategies and interpersonal environments in which people can seek to achieve higher levels of personal competence and nurture feelings of inner satisfaction with the direction of their lives. These approaches should be viewed as educational tools whose implementation at the appropriate point in the evolution of an individual's development can facilitate positive growth. The monograph attempts to demonstrate the degree to which the structured group movement has matured and enhanced the ability of helping professionals to help people resolve both existing problems and developmental needs. The monograph presents the theoretical basis for structured groups and the critical elements in their design. Three major categories of structured groups (life skills, life theme, and life transition groups), their core components, and models for their development and implementation are described. Specific examples of activities for skill development are presented for each structured group. The issue of deployment of resources in utilizing these approaches, and future needs and directions for employing structured developmental groups are also discussed. The appendix and references provide useful information (with addresses) for the reader. (Author/HM)
Descriptors: Communication Skills, Counseling Services, Daily Living Skills, Group Dynamics, Group Guidance, Group Instruction, Guidance, Individual Development, Interaction Process Analysis, Mental Health Programs, Program Descriptions, Self Actualization, Skill Development, State of the Art Reviews
Hard copy available will be announced at a future date by the Human Sciences Press Behavioral Publications, Incorporation, 72 Fifth Avenue, New York, N.Y. (Spring 1977)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Counseling and Personnel Services, Ann Arbor, MI.