Allow at least 30 minutes to reach a group agreement. Self-regulation (we are all responsible for blaming each other for our agreements) Group agreements lead to a normative and therapeutic culture. This culture leads to trust, cohesion and vulnerability. Of course, other factors such as group size, mixed gender, etc. play a role in normative culture, but a fundamental way of “being” helps more along these processes. 5. Respectful listening – implies the expectation that the group will listen attentively to someone who shares and that only one person will speak at a time. Secondly, it is important to draw up a list of agreements with your group, rather than proposing pre-formulated agreements developed solely by you. It`s all very well to have an idea of what agreements should include, but they should be general (respect, no violence, a microphone, etc.) to leave room for youth contributions. If you empower young people by letting them develop agreements, they will take on more responsibility and practice them more closely. Some common agreements I discuss with teenagers are: Refer often, even if no one breaks it. Congratulate the group when they reach the agreement.
It`s often easy to just notice when a teen breaks a part of the group agreement, but take the time to praise the individuals and the group if they work well and follow the group agreement. While there can be no standard, ideal agreement, or contract for every group of young people, a contract that reflects the specifics of your group is ideal. If members of the youth group outsource their own ideas and feel like active contributors to the contract, they are more likely to stick to it. Keep track of these agreements and post them in a visible place in your area. We will share some examples that we have used or seen in the past. Co-creation of agreements with participants to strengthen communication Keep the agreement for future meetings or workshops with the same group, but check each time to make sure everyone is always satisfied. For example, you can add something to the agreement. 8. Try it out – includes agreements on trying out new and/or uncomfortable experiences and activities in a safe environment. The rules are often top-down. They are usually created and enforced by the person in charge.
However, a group agreement is created by the entire group. .