If you have additions to your project teams or working groups, take the time to explain the group agreement with them and allow them to propose improvements. This can be done during the break or at the beginning of the workshop as an icebreaker. If you want to include something in the agreement, you should have an interview with the whole group until an agreement is reached. Making these decisions as a group is much more effective than having a mediator who imposes “rules” for all. In addition, citizens are much more likely to respect and implement an agreement to which they have contributed. It`s going to make your job as an intermediary a lot easier. In case of problem or conflict, you can use this agreement (for example.B. We all agreed at the beginning that it was better for one person to speak at the same time…). Group agreements, sometimes as group norms, sometimes as group expectations and others (although less desirable, as I write below) that group rules help to establish a normative culture.
It is a culture in which young people begin to develop a sense of respect, trust and, hopefully, vulnerable people. This type of normative culture is therapeutic in nature and benefits young people in traditional classrooms or clinical groups. If they succeed (and it also has a lot to do with the young people in the groups, not just with them as intermediaries who do group contracts, that is, who cut themselves a little easily if you try to do so and that it does not lead to a very confident and cohesive group), there is the potential to offer the young people you work with a very transformative experience. Let us remember, for example, that in mainstream society, right now, we are encouraging our young men to be anti-emotional (minus anger) and that our young women place superficial beauty above inner personal qualities. Creating a culture of trust and friendliness could reduce this type of conditioning. And again (sorry for the lack of balance sheet, but I repeat for the accent), this could benefit the youth in all from a single group of gender therapy to a mixed class of gender social studies in a high school. 6. Emotions happen – recognizes that people may experience emotions such as injury, sadness, boredom or anger at some point in the group.
An agreement in this area shows respect and opens the door for people to express their feelings. 4. Passport law – supports people who do not want to talk in a group without asking them to explain themselves. As I mentioned above, I am not a fan of the term “group rules.” When I present agreements to a group for the first time, I often ask, “What is the difference between rules and agreements?” This is what young people say in one version or another: “If you break a rule, you will be punished.” “That`s true. And if you go beyond the limits of an agreement, it`s more like a conversation. I thought we agreed. Do you still agree? I`d answer. In principle, a group agreement consists of statements agreed by the team and the coach that contain behavioural policies during the meeting or workshops. This could include “showing up on time”; “respect each other`s opinions”; “offering everyone the opportunity to speak”; “all points of discussion or opinions that remain confidential.”