Peer groups, Cumbria spring group – second morning: early stages of a group, self-disclosure, & emotional awareness
Last updated on 29th July 2011
I wrote yesterday about arriving at this year's Mixed Group here in Cumbria. Now it's the second morning. Yesterday was the first full day of the group. How was it? As I've written before "Process groups tend to move through a series of developmental stages. These can be described in a variety of ways. Tuckman presented an early description which still contains much that is useful. His sequence was forming (orientation and dependence), storming (intra-group conflict and differentiation), norming (interpersonal intimacy and cohesion), performing (work and functional role-relatedness), and adjourning (loss and autonomy). It is important to emphasise that all stages of group development contain useful opportunities for learning and that one stage is not necessarily any better than another."