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Experiential learning groups

Barrett-Lennard, G.T. (1974) Experiential learning groups. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research & Practice, 11 (1). pp. 71-75.

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This article provides descriptive guidelines to experiential groups for prospective participants. The statement may also be useful to leaders and of interest to other readers seeking a concrete view of working principles. The guidelines reflect value choices among possible goals in human living. One overarching value principle is that individuals should have the opportunity to be a principal architect of their own being and becoming. (1) Once a group begins, all persons belong because they are there. (2) A first purpose is to gain a sense of one another as inwardly active, feeling, thinking persons. (3) Each group member endeavors to be personal, direct and specific in communications. (4) Each of us listens to the other, not always with patience or sensitivity but generally with a concern to know what the other is experiencing. (5) We let our inner feelings of relatedness show as these feelings arise in us. (6) The group is a place for honesty and realism. (7) Group members are not seeking to sit in judgment on each other. (8) People in the group are responsible for themselves and to others. (9) We often provide each other with personal feedback. (10) What we express can be expected to call forth varied responses in different others. (11) Decisions involving some new or altered plan for the whole group are shared in by all members. (12) The group leader is a member of the group, with purposes and needs and "uniqueness," like everyone else.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publisher: American Psychological Association
Copyright: © 2016 APA
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