This week’s Facilitator Tips episode shares the seven key characteristics of play as researched by Dr Stuart Brown, the founder and President of the National…READ MORE
Looks like you are already logged in on another computer somewhere.
Please log out of that computer first before logging in here. If you believe this to be an error please contact playmeo.
A subscriber asks:
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.
And, if you happen to be reading this and have a curly programming question that needs an answer – click here to ask.
Subscribe today & get immediate, unlimited access to our entire database featuring 390+ activities.
We offer Monthly & Annual plans for Individuals & Annual plans for Enterprises with multiple users.
Register for our newsletter & receive a FREE copy of our 30-page ebook Sure-Fire: Ice-Breakers & Group Games. Ideal for all groups, 100% fun.
Enter your login details below to access your Account Profile, the activity database, and many other programming resources.