ERIC Number: ED332391
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Strategies for Maintaining a Support Group.
Paulson, Pearl R.
This manual is concerned with helping already-established support groups maintain themselves over an extended period of time. It helps facilitators apply principles for addressing such problems as dissension within the group, poor attendance, losing sight of the group's purpose, and overdependence on a leader. The manual contains questionnaires to focus attention on key elements, tools for dissecting problems, forms for summarizing information, and exercises for building long- and short-term plans. Chapters cover the following topics: communication and behaviors that can help group members become more open with each other; specific problems that may confront a facilitator in trying to hold the group together, including situational, personal, and interpersonal factors; problems of attendance at meetings and ways to find out whether the group is meeting members' needs; ideas for helping a group through the difficult transition of losing members or adding new ones; delegating responsibility to group members to help them become more independent; a step-by-step problem-solving strategy for use during group meetings; and guidelines for identifying the extent of the support group's financial and other needs, agencies that might help, and ways to go about securing their help. (JDD)
Descriptors: Decision Making, Financial Support, Group Dynamics, Group Unity, Helping Relationship, Interpersonal Communication, Leadership, Maintenance, Meetings, Problem Solving, Social Support Groups
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Women's Educational Equity Act Program (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Oregon Health Sciences Univ., Portland. Child Development and Rehabilitation Center.