Group Process: The Importance Of Content And Content In Groups

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Group Process and Content According to Gladding and Binkley (2007), group process consists of the “way in which information is handled” (p. 1). To elaborate, group process concerns all the actions and occurrences that take place during the duration of a group’s life. In contrast, content concerns the topics, facts and information group members will discuss during these particular sessions. Group members will handle and respond differently to the information presented during group. For instance, a group leader may present content about body image or substance abuse which will result in some members handling the content in a positive and optimistic way. Whereas other members may withdraw, become silent and refuse to participate in processing …show more content…
As a result, the potential for in-depth processing is absent because the group is void of significant content. In contrast, if there is too much attention on deep processing and emotional appeal, with little content for members to connect the experience to, genuine healing will be disrupted. Well-thought out content helps members understand the purpose of such catharsis. Therefore, “groups that work well are those in which leaders consciously and consistently help the group and its members balance content and process” (Gladding and Binkley, 2007, p 1). In short, the group process entails all of the happenings in the group, negative and positive, motion and stagnation. The process is also how the progress of the group is observed. The content pertains to the ideas, topics, and facts the group will discuss and hopefully process with …show more content…
In the same way, group members should uphold the role of being fully open to the group process and experience. Initially, however, group member behavior is quite the opposite. The reality is that many members are more observant and reserved of the group process than the latter. Also, an uncertainty of the acceptance they will or will not receive is the behavior seen amongst group members. Consequently, it is the fear of judgment that causes members to feel that acceptance is conditional. Ultimately, these elements will hinder group members from sharing details about their lives. Group members will only exhibit a high degree of risk taking if they feel cohesion and trust in the environment. However, if a slight feeling of distrust piques, group members will self-disclose with their facade. Members will need to maintain their commitment because impasses will expose themselves. And a lack of progress and change will result if group members decide to speak

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