Step 8: Structure the Sessions:
Each session must be planned and structured as follows:
Orientation: It is the first phase of the group where the clients are helped to feel welcome and get comfortable with the group.
Introduction: In this phase members are introduced to each other - an introduction to the theme for the day may be given.
Warm Up: This phase usually consists of an activity to help the clients feel more comfortable, or an activity that is an introduction to the session.
Action: This is the main part of the session where the group aims are implemented.
Wind down: It is a time for closure. Clients can talk about what they learnt and how the group was useful. The leader may give some information regarding the next session.
In addition to this, you will have to plan the focus of each session, before you start the groups. Here is one example of session planning for an SAD group.
Session 1 and 2: Cognitive behavorial model for social phobia, introduction to cognitive restructuring.
Session 3 – 11: Clients confront personally relevant feared situations
Session 12: Reviewing each client’s progress over the course of treatment.
I hope these ideas on how to plan a psychoeducational group for SAD were useful to you. You can use these principles and steps to plan any kind of therapy group.