The Assignment
In a 2- to 3-page paper, address the following:

Explain the group’s processes and stage of formation.
Explain curative factors that occurred in the group. Include how these factors might impact client progress.
Explain intragroup conflict that occurred and recommend strategies for managing the conflict. Support your recommendations with evidence-based literature.

Group Therapy: A Live Demonstration – Part 1 Video 1 of playlist “Group Therapy: A Live Demonstration – With Irvin Yalom”
Group Therapy: A Live Demonstration – Part 2 Video 2 of playlist “Group Therapy: A Live Demonstration – With Irvin Yalom”
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Group Processes and the Stages of Formation
Natalie Poole
Walden University
NURS 6650-N, Psychotherapy with Groups and Families
Dr. Josh Hamilton
October 14, 2018


Group process refers to how individuals and members work unitedly to achieve a common goal. Groups are at the core of human experiences and therefore understanding group processes and stage formation is an essential role of the PMHNP. The purpose of this paper is to review and critique the video entitled, “Group Therapy: A live demonstration”, and analyze not only group processes, stage formation, but also curative factors of groups, the impact of curative factors on client progress, and finally strategies for managing intragroup conflict.
The study of group processes encompasses both cognitive and social causes and the effect they have on individuals within a group (usually between three and twelve members). Group process studies how group members interact, their characteristics, and how these factors influence the establishment of effective or ineffective group’s performance (Stangor, 2017). Group processes include fundamental elements such as group norms, group roles, group status, group identity, and group social interaction. These elements are further impacted by trust, inter-member feedback, conflict and resolution. Stages of group formation include forming, storming, norming, performing and adjourning (Castellan, 2013).

Group Process and Stage Formation

In the reviewed video, “Group Therapy: A live demonstration”, the group is comprised of individuals who struggle with social challenges and have sought treatment to provide resolution. As a group the common objective is identified by the cohesion of social challenges and the need to move to a place of greater adaptive functionality. The storming stage of group occurs once a group is established and can be characterized by a period where there is a vying of positions and roles authority is questioned and disagreements arise. Additionally, in this stage some individuals within the group compete for status, control, influence and authority. Noticeable inner conflict, and communication can become challenged where the leaders are “tested”, in the stage of storming (Tuckman, 2010). The current stage of formation in the reviewed video is the storming stage, evidenced by the group having not completed objectives, surfacing differences, and issues of power and control. While the group has been established (forming stage) components of this stage exist as parties such as Pam and Phillip are brought together and ground rules and finding similarities have to be set. The participant Gill, requires pushing and prompting by Bonnie to provide self-disclosure that he avoids by shifting focus to Julius, the therapist health concerns. Such conflicts and competition for authority noted with Pam, and Phillip are common in this stage however, resolution is important to ensure that all parties remain

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