Social Work With Groups DISCUSSION WEEK 5 As based on the materials for this week, briefly describe in which categories you’ve observed various aspects of

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As based on the materials for this week, briefly describe in which categories you’ve observed various aspects of diversity among yourself as well as those among your Task Group – Treatment Proposal Paper members. In what ways might observed diversity support achieving group goals? What types of culturally competent practices mentioned in Chapter 7 might further support maximizing diversity within your assigned group? REPLY TO TWO CLASSMATES.

Task Group – Observation Paper

This is an individual ASSIGNMENT

In this folder you will find:

1. Video describing the assignment (remember to also refer to the syllabus for instructions for the assignment)

2. Meeting minutes template that you will use to take notes of the meeting you choose for this assignment.

3. Links to school board and council meetings that you can peruse to select the one you want to use for this assignment. 

Logistics Reminder:

· Late papers will receive an 11% deduction for each day late. After 3 days late, no papers will be accepted for credit.

· Papers must include citations and a reference page in current APA format.

· Review the grading rubric for this assignment. Can be found under the left-hand menu titled “Grading Rubrics” or in this folder.

LINKS FOR THE VIDEOS FOR THE MEETINGS City of Houston Council Meetings online

A link to watch videos of city of Houston Council meetings
Attending live Houston city council meetings

This link contains information on how to attend a Houston city council meeting in person HISD School board meetings online

Link to online school board meetings. 


WHAT: In this assignment, you will more closely analyze the purpose and function of either a city council or school board–which are examples of formal task groups formed to accomplish the goal of governance. Both types of groups offer clear structures and are microcosms for understanding power structures that are important for social workers to understand and learn how to navigate to ensure social and economic justice as well as for solving social problems.

HOW: Select a task group that you wish to observe (both city council and school board have recorded meetings available to the public). Watch the board meeting and take notes using a meeting minute template format.

Follow the outline below for writing your paper (reference your textbook for definition of terms used in the outline).

Task Group Observation I. Introduction a. Which group did you select to analyze? b. Provide the date of the meeting you observed along with an overall summary of the topics covered during the meeting. c. Provide a thesis that gives an overview of what the remainder of your paper will cover

II. Group Purpose a. What is the mission and purpose of the task group? b. Who are the members of the group being analyzed? c. How were members selected for the group? d. What is the role of each general member? e. What are special roles assigned to some group members (e.g., chair, president, secretary, etc.)? f. What are the duties of each of these special roles?

III. Group Decision Making a. What is the formal process for you group to make a decision? b. Which of the 6 approaches to decision making, referenced in Zastrow and Hessenauer (2019) does your group employ? c. Define your selected approach to decision making and explain how this approach exemplifies your group’s decision-making methods. d. Please discuss whether you think this approach is effective. Explain why or why not.

IV. Group Dynamics a. Provide a definition of resistive and disruptive members. Then proceed to answer a.i.or a.ii.: i. If there was a resistive or disruptive member, answer the following questions:

1. Who was the resistive or disruptive member? 2. How did this person demonstrate their resistive or disruptive behavior? Provide an example. 3. How was the resistive or disruptive behavior resolved? ii. If there were no resistive or disruptive group member, answer the following questions: 1. What conditions in the group dynamics or the environment do you think prevented resistive or disruptive behavior? 2. What rules or norms in the group do you think prevented resistive or disruptive behavior?

V. Group problem solving a. Please identify one problem that was raised at the meeting you observed. b. Zastrow and Hessenauer (2019) identified 6 steps for solving a problem. At which stage of the problem-solving approach did your group appear to be in with regards to this problem.

c. What is a barrier to this group’s effective resolution of this problem. At which stage of the problem-solving approach did your group appear to be in with regards to this problem.

d. Define this barrier.

e. Discuss why you think this is a barrier for your group. Provide examples to supportyour argument.

VI. Group Conflict a. Please identify members who appeared to be in conflict during the meeting (note: due to the nature of the group chosen, the conflict may be between group members or it may be between group and individuals who are external to the group. For example, a conflict may arise between city council and the city’s citizens who are not members of the city council).

b. Which technique would you recommend for resolving this conflict? Select one of the10 techniques identified by Zastrow and Hessenauer (2019).

i. Define the key elements of your selected technique

ii. Discuss why you believe this technique will be beneficial to resolving this conflict VII. Analysis a. What were your overall impressions of the group meeting? Was the meeting productive or counterproductive? Provide specific examples to support your response.

b. What was the overall impression of the group climate (e.g., was is permissive, flexible, collaborative, hostile)? Give examples to support your impression.

c. In what way can the group meetings be improved? Discuss at least two areas of Improvement.

LOGISTICS: Students who wish to observe a task group meeting that is not the HISD school board or the City of Houston City Council, must receive approval from the instructor to ensure that the task group would be a good fit for the assignment.

The meeting minutes must include a header with the date, the name of the task group, the location of the meeting and members present. Please note that you will not receive credit for minutes created by anyone other than you. The paper must follow the outline and be written in paragraph format. The paper must be double spaced, with one-inch margins. Font must be 12 pt. font Arial/Times New Roman or 11 pt. calibiri

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