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The Learning CART Module: Group Process

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Today's leaders must understand their role as enablers who help people to change their lives and communities. They must recognize that people are responsible for their own development and rely on non-directive guidance to facilitate community action. Enabling leaders are concerned with coordinated efforts and productive performance by the group they work with and have traits and skills which integrate individual needs into collective goals. Perhaps most importantly, enabling leaders have the ability to develop leadership potential in people. This module addresses fundamental issues and dynamics in working as a group for collective action. It begins by familiarizing participants with key concepts of group need, function, role and dynamic. By doing exercises which use metaphors and puzzles, participants learn that group building requires maintaining a team spirit while getting a task done. The second segment highlights two major topics in group dynamics: communication and conflict resolution. Overview of concepts and approaches to these topics were briefly discussed, but participants learn to build their skills by enacting sociodramas, observing a skit, and doing role plays.
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1996
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