The third session of Psycheducational group took place on December 05, 2012, the meeting started approximately 6:10pm, due to heavy snow in the city. John, Mary and Elizabeth came early, but Lee was 10 minutes late. The members agreed to wait for Lee before starting the group. As usual, the meeting started with opening prayer by Lee that lasted for 2 minutes. Having understood that all the group members hold their Christian faith in high esteem, the writer read the book of Isaiah 43:2-3 “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.
For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I give Egypt for your ransom, Cush and Seba in your stead” (New International Version). The Writer explained to group members that the bible did not promise that Christian will not go through live difficulty, but that in the midst of it all God will be there to make sure that his children survive and triumph over their circumstances. The Writer explained to the group that the focus of session 3 is to exploit ways they can survive the changes they are experiencing in Canada.
The Writer explained 18 ways to survive changes (Psychoeducational Group: Session Summaries 3, n.d), group members were paired into two for dyad exercise and they were asked to compare the list of how they are prepared to overcome challenges and move forward in Canada (assignment from last session) with 18 ways to survive changes. The dyad exercise lasted for 10 minutes. By the time the group came together, the Writer uses round technique to find out the outcome of the dyads. Surprisingly, Elizabeth was the first person to talk, she said she has made up her to remain positive and forge ahead without basing herself dignity on human opinion.
The Writer asked if Elizabeth had the thought on improving on the way she speaks in order for Canadian to find it easier to hear her better, Elisabeth said absolutely and that she learned from Lee (during dyad exercise) that there are trainings that can help her improve her accent.
Elizabeth told the group that she would like to improve her line of communication and would appreciate it if anybody in the group can help her find appropriate school or training where she can learn. Members promised to find out and give her the information by next session. John said he asked Mary during the dyad exercise if she could give him a copy of her resume to see how he can use the format to draft a new resume for himself. Lee advised that John should use the public library resume expert hired by Canadian government to help unemployed.
The Writer told John to check with the library before next session and should let the group know if he still needs further assistance. As far as Lee is concerned, what he was able to grab from the group is the need to rise to challenge and the importance of not putting limitation on himself, as a professor of mathematics from home country, Lee said he would like to expand his value as a person and instead of seeking to be an employee, he would like to be an employer of labour. The Writer asked Lee to be specific, Lee said he would like to start tutorial lesson for elementary school and undergraduate students who are having difficulty with mathematic.
The Writer asked if it is possible to writer a proposal and bring it to next session, Lee consented. The Writer turned to Mary and asked if she wants to continue in banking sector or would like to pursue her medical career, Mary said she would like to pursue her medical career, but she is not sure if she is ready to cross the hurdles of professional exams she needs to pass before she can start practicing in Canada. The Writer asked if Mary has attempted the medical exam before, Mary said she has not, but she heard from her friend that they are difficult to pass.
The Writer suggested to Mary to check the possibility of seeing past medical examination questions and also find out if there are classes for upgrade or tutorial. This third session is a working stage because it is characterised by delving into personally meaningful material, group member had the opportunity to give feedback and they were also receptive to what others have to say, they also practice new skills in daily life and brought the results to sessions, members also offered challenge and support to one another (Corey, Corey & Haynes, 2006).
Leader-direct style of leadership was adopted in this session and it was effective because it was structured in such a way that group needs met (Jacobs, Masson, Schimmel, & Harvill, 2012). There was none of the members that appear like a natural leader or trying to take control of the meeting, everyone focus on how their needs will be met and how they can help others.
References Corey, G., Corey, M., & Haynes, R. (2006). Groups in action: Evolution and challenges. Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole. Workbook. Jacobs, E., Masson, R., Schimmel, C. & Harvill, R., (2012). Group Counseling: Strategies and Skills. Pacific Grove: Brooks/Cole Publishing Company. Psychoeducational Group: Session Summaries (n.d). Session 2 PowerPoint presentation. Retrieved on December 01, 2012 from http://bb7.liberty.edu/webapps/portal/frameset.jsp.