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Stages of Group Process. Four stages of group work: 1. Initial stage (forming) 2. Transitional stage (storming & norming) 3. Working stage (performing)

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1 Stages of Group Process

2 Four stages of group work: 1. Initial stage (forming) 2. Transitional stage (storming & norming) 3. Working stage (performing) 4. Final stage (adjourning)

3 Initial Stage (forming) = Orientation and exploration Typical experience = varying degrees of anxiety and concern about how you will fit into the group Tasks: Identify specific goals and expectations of members. Inclusion and identity are important in developing trust and cohesion. Important Behaviors: Actively listen to each members concerns. Acknowledge thoughts, feelings, ideas.

4 Transition Stage (storming) = Members typically jockey for position & establish it. Typical experience = Feelings of competition, rivalry, and division of responsibility. Can be uncomfortable because of conflict. Tasks: Establish how the group will function. Important Behaviors: Maintain good communication between members. Actively listen to each others ideas and concerns. Treat each other with respect and professionalism.

5 The storming phase ends with norming, where agreement has been reached about how the group will operate.

6 Working Stage (performing) = Tasks are completed and goals are reached. Tasks: Do the work that needs to be done. Provide feedback and support about progress. Important Behaviors: Do work in a timely fashion. Be prepared for meetings. Communicate effectively with other members.

7 Final Stage (adjourning) = Consolidation and termination. Goals have been met and the process comes to completion. Tasks: Determine final stages of project work. Determine final tasks for group members. Important Behaviors: Continue to: Do work in a timely fashion. Be prepared for meetings. Communicate effectively with other members.


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