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This unit must be assessed in line with Skills for Care and Development’s QCF Assessment Principles.
Learning outcomes 2, 3 and 4 must be assessed in a real work environment, in ways that do not intrude on the privacy of individuals.
Understand the principles of therapeutic group activities
Explain how participating in therapeutic group activities can benefit an individual’s identity, self-esteem and well-being
Analyse reasons why a group activity rather than one to one work may be recommended in particular circumstances
Compare key points of theories about group dynamics
Be able to plan and prepare for therapeutic group activities
Work with individuals and others to agree:
• the nature and purpose of a therapeutic group
• specific activities to fit the purpose of the group
Address any risks that may be associated with the planned activities
Prepare the environment for a therapeutic group activity
Prepare equipment or resources needed for the activity
Be able to support individuals during therapeutic group activities
Support group members to understand the purpose and proposed activity of the group
Support group members during the activity in ways that encourage effective communication, active participation and co-operation
Give direction, praise, reassurance and constructive feedback during the activity
Support the group to bring the activity to a safe and timely end
Be able to contribute to the evaluation of therapeutic group activities
Encourage and support individuals to give feedback during and after group activities
Agree processes and criteria for evaluating the therapeutic benefits of the group and its activities
Carry out own responsibilities for supporting the evaluation and agreeing any revisions
Record and report on outcomes and any revisions in line with agreed ways of working