Colleague and expert group facilitator Chad Littlefield shared a video recently in which he presented the idea that we need to give people the choice…READ MORE
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Do you have any tips or strategies on how to finish a group? I co-facilitate a 29-week personal development group with 14 participants. We have 6 nights left and we have started looking at endings and what endings mean to people.
Hi Fergus, thanks for your question about how to end long-term programs. I’ve been pondering and have a few thoughts to share with you…
First, like you, I acknowledge that the conclusion phase of a group’s life is distinct and demands careful attention to help ease a group through this transition.
For groups that have developed powerful and rewarding relationships during their time together, saying good-bye can be a difficult and possibly painful time. Tears of joy for having celebrated a wonderful time together, through to tears of pain for the loss one experiences to say goodbye to fond friends.
In my experience, I am very aware of the need to transition my groups through this stage. First, I often frame this time in advance, so that the conclusion (whatever form it may take) does not come as a surprise. Second, I dedicate special time and energy to draw my program to a conclusion.
Here are three practical examples I have used:
In terms of actual ‘games’ which may focus on group endings, nothing comes to mind that specifically end long-term programs. I’ll continue to ponder this a little more and let you know if something comes to mind.
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