Group Observation Paper

I observed a therapy session that involved physical exercise. The group was made up of six people, three men and three women. They were all middle-aged and appeared to be in good physical health. The therapist led the group through a series of exercises, including stretches, light aerobics, and strength-training exercises. The group was very supportive of each other and encouraged each other to keep going when they got tired.

The therapist was very knowledgeable about the exercises and how they would benefit the group members. She was also very encouraging, praising the group members for their efforts and helping them to correct their form when necessary. The group members seemed to really appreciate her guidance and support.

I found the group therapy session to be very interesting and enjoyable to watch. It was clear that the group members were benefiting from the physical exercise, as well as from the supportive atmosphere of the group. I would definitely recommend this type of therapy to others.

My classmates and I watched a movie in class, and our therapy groups were assigned soon afterward. My fellow group members included Bryant, Earl, Stephan, and Tracy, and we were named reality therapy. Prior to the end of class, we had several activities to complete.

The first task was to list five people that have had a positive influence in our lives. Bryant listed his mother, father, uncle and two friends. Tracy listed her mother, father, two close friends and her therapist.

Stephan listed his mother, father, brother, sister and girlfriend. Lastly, Earl listed his father, brothers, friends and therapists. The second task was to create an acronym for the word “reality.” I created the acronym R.E.A.L., which stands for respect, empathy, assertiveness and love. The third task was to brainstorm ideas on how our group could improve communication with each other. We came up with several ideas such as eye contact, active listening and taking turns speaking.

The fourth task was to come up with a group goal. Our group goal was to be able to openly communicate with each other about our thoughts and feelings on a variety of topics. The fifth and final task was to come up with a plan on how we would achieve our group goal. We decided that we would meet once a week for an hour and a half to discuss different topics.

Overall, I thought the group went well. Everyone was very receptive to the tasks and seemed to be engaged in the discussion. I think that our group goal is achievable if we continue to meet on a regular basis and work on our communication skills.

We began our group session with a little icebreaker to get everyone acquainted. We were placed in a circle, facing each other, and some people appeared hesitant to introduce themselves at first because we weren’t yet familiar with one another. Their nervousness was reflected in their body language (arms crossed over their chest, leaning back in chair, etc), as well as the gradual formation of discussion at first.

However, as other members started to open up and share more about themselves, the atmosphere became more relaxed and everyone seemed more comfortable with each other.

After the icebreaker, we moved on to the main activity for today which was physical exercise. We started with some basic stretching exercises to warm up our muscles. Then, we did a series of cardio exercises such as jumping jacks and running in place. Finally, we ended with some light weightlifting using dumbbells. The whole session lasted for about 45 minutes.

I found that the Group Observation – Therapy session was very beneficial. First of all, it was a great way to get to know the other members better. I also feel that the physical exercise was very helpful in terms of relieving stress and tension. Overall, I had a very positive experience and I would definitely recommend it to others.

The icebreaker appeared to work since each member was able to describe their name and a humiliating experience in their life. I was elected as the group facilitator by an informal vote and a democratic process. The other members of the group suggested that it appeared that I had some task specialist abilities that might be beneficial to our group. I accepted the position rather reluctantly.

I started the group by going around the room and having each member introduce themselves and share an embarrassing moment in their life. This allowed everyone to get to know each other and feel more comfortable. We then did a physical activity, which got everyone moving and helped to break the ice even further.

After the physical activity, we went around the room and each member shared something that they were struggling with. This allowed everyone to open up and share their struggles with the group. We then brainstormed solutions together and came up with a plan for each person.

Overall, the group seemed to be helpful for everyone involved. It was a safe space for people to share their struggles and receive support from others. The physical activity was also beneficial in helping everyone to relax and bond with each other.

We were able to unwind and work on the assignments we were given. We formed a group goal and norms as requested by the instructor. Our aim is to show that reality therapy is a cognitive therapy through the use of group activities (Zastrow, 2010, pg 501).

Our group norms were as follows: be on time, turn off cell phones, be respectful of others, and participate in the exercises.

All members were able to share their thoughts and feelings about the group’s purpose and norms. We all agreed that these were important things to consider while participating in therapy.

After our discussion, we began our first exercise which was designed to help us get to know each other better. We went around the room and shared our names and a fun fact about ourselves. This was a great icebreaker and helped everyone feel more comfortable with each other.

The second exercise was designed to help us understand our own emotions better. We were asked to think of a time when we felt angry, sad, or anxious. Once we had our experience in mind, we were asked to share with the group what happened and how we felt. This exercise was very eye-opening for everyone and helped us to understand our own emotions better.

The last exercise was designed to help us understand how to deal with our emotions in a healthy way. We were each given a piece of paper with an emotion written on it. We were then asked to think of a healthy way to deal with that emotion. For example, if the emotion was anger, we might suggest going for a run or punching a pillow. This exercise was very helpful in showing us that there are many different ways to deal with our emotions.

Overall, this group observation was very beneficial. It helped us to understand the cognitive approach to therapy and how it can be used to help people understand and deal with their emotions. It also helped us to get to know each other better and understand our own emotions.

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