Different groups exist for individuals who are seeking different outcomes, such as education groups for those who are trying to expand their knowledge and self-help groups for those who are attempting to make a change. I would like to lead a support group for families of those who have been murdered. The group would be small in size, 6 members, and would meet for sessions lasting an hour and a half. This would allow time for each individual to be able to speak if they choose to (Jacobs,Schimmel, Masson, & Harvill, 2016). The group would initially meet on a monthly basis but allow time for adjustment depending on the ongoing needs of the group (Jacobs et al., 2016).
To be included, members must have experienced the loss of an immediate family member, such as a spouse or child, and be seeking support in dealing with associated outcomes. Due to the nature of a support group needing trust and genuine caring between members to be efficient, the group would be closed, allowing time for development of trust (Jacobs et al., 2016).Individuals who seek to join may be in need of intimacy in their difficult time, or follow the principle of “misery loves miserable company” and feel more comfortable with those who are experiencing the negative emotions they are (Forsyth, 2015).
Being a support group, the purpose of meeting would be to allow members to share their emotions and experiences in able to learn from each other (Jacobs et al., 2016). We would discuss members’ experiences with the criminal justice process, as well as how their life has changed and how to deal with emotions felt. Since the purpose is to share, as a leader I would allow the discussion to flow between members (Jacobs et al., 2015). However, if the discussion became heated or off topic I would step in to minimize hostility and bring the group back to the focus of open discussion of experiences (Mindtap, 2016).
Forsyth, D. R. (2015). Group dynamics (6th ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishing.
Jacobs, E. E., Schimmel, C. J., Masson, R. L., & Harvill, R. L. (2016). Group counseling: Strategies and skills (8th ed.). Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole.