Tonight was presentation night for Group Counseling and my group had to be up there for close to an hour presenting on our chosen topic and demographic. We chose to design a psychoeducational group that focused on self-advocacy, empowerment and community building for adolescent victims of bullying and cyberbullying. The presentation entailed having to open with an ice-breaker activity, followed with a more technical description of what the life of the group would entail on behalf of the leaders, then an active workshop or microlab activity that we would facilitate in an actual group setting and then conclude the presentation with a debriefing and rounds.
All-in-all it seemed VERY overwhelming to put together and I (and my colleagues) had significant anxiety about the whole project until we were actually up there with the lapel microphones hooked up and ready to go.
Then the nerves wore off and it was smooth sailing.
It made me realize …
…We really do know what we’re talking about. We chose a topic we were passionate about and a demographic we want to work with. We’ve been in this class for around 13 weeks now – studying how to effectively develop and facilitate groups and monitor the growth within them. We’ve been watching Dr. Fetter facilitate our entire class which is simply a very large group, this entire semester and can model many of the things she’s done. And we’ve been a part of a group as members in order to see the other side. Once the actual presentation was put together, there really was no need to stress as much as we did. We were/are very familiar with the subject, we knew how to handle the activities we were going to facilitate, and we had confidence that the cohesion among our classmates (as pseudo-group members) would help along with the discussion and feedback following the presentation.
We just needed a reminder and some confidence. And it took being up there and facing them with nowhere to go to get that realization.
For those that are curious, you can find a link to what was displayed during the presentation here.