Key Issues: Disclosure versus anonymity Honesty versus superficiality Spontaneity versus control Acceptance versus Rejection Cohesion versus Fragmentation
Characterized by member's commitment to explore significant problems that they bring to the group and by the attention they pay to the dynamics of the group. The leaders structure and intervention is lower than at the initial and transitional stages.
Greater cohesion evidenced by increased self-disclosure, giving and receiving feedback, discussion of here and now interactions, confrontation, turning insight into action.
Characteristics- sadness and anxiety, fears of separation and application, evaluation of group experience, plan for follow-up sessions.
Major task facing members is consolidating their learning and transferring it to the outside environment: -deal with feelings about separation and termination -prepare to generalize learning to everyday life -complete unfinished business -make future plans
Leader functions- provide a structure that enables participants to clarify the meaning of their experiences in the group and to assist members in generalizing their learning from the group to everyday life.