Goals for Group Counseling
1. Increased skills in individual and group communication, such as assertiveness, sharing honest and accurate feelings and thoughts, and empathic listening.
2. Increased in skills in interpersonal observation such as noting tension in the group, sensing thoughts and feelings, noting avoidance of topics or individuals, and appraising interest levels.
3. Increased problem solving skills, such as identifying, clarifying, and evaluating problems and/or goals, asking for feedback and opinions, and sharing ideas.
4. Increased emotional expressiveness, such as sharing both positive and negative feelings, disagreeing openly, and expressing anger, sadness, or other strong emotions.
5. Increased ability to deal effectively with competition, conflict, anger, tension, disappointment, silence, trust, cooperation, intimacy, and affection.
6. Increased individual insight and understanding, accurate self-assessment, risk-taking, and behaving spontaneously and expressively.
7. Decreased interpersonal distance, withdrawal, withholding of thoughts and feelings, and discounting one’s own or others’ feelings.