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 sex, etc. play a role in normative culture, but a fundamental type of “being” helps further in these processes. Don`t reinterpret what people offer. If you are helping with the formulation process, make sure the group is always happy once the words are written! Whether it is a one-time meeting or a team that often meets, agreements must help a group meet its own expectations for good cooperation. In relation to the rules that are passed on, everyone agrees on what is in their agreements and what is not in their agreements. It is very easy to draw up a list of group agreements and treat them more like group rules. The key to an effective agreement is the effective recognition of young people. This suggests that it is important to discuss any agreement with the Group; That is, instead of saying, “OK, so we agree that respect is one of our agreements, right?” And then only the sign of acquiescence and the transition to the next agreement, in fact, in a dialogue with the group about what respect means to everyone. This will help to get everyone`s voice in space and contribute to you, the moderator, working with teenagers who might have definitions of respect that are not with the normative culture you are trying to create (an article on working with definitions of respect will come soon!). You could easily have a discussion about defining respect or turn it into a writing mission for the young people in your class.
Trust the group! After all, these agreements are for them. Anything proposed will add important content to the conversation that will reveal the needs and characters of the people in the group. 5. Respectful listening – involves the expectation that the group will listen carefully to someone who shares and that only one person will speak at a time. People are generally fairly reasonable and will be happy with a number of group standards if the process is open and transparent. The effects on group behaviour and the resulting group effectiveness can be very significant. Once a certain number of words are offered (z.B. something like “listen without interruption”), look with the whole group. Pay attention to the head of approval and the mood that words are acceptable. Trust the group to cover most of the things they need to work well together. If, towards the end of the segment, you feel that some important chords are missing, you only offer one or two supplements.
Check whether or not the group wants to adapt your proposals. If you work with the group again, the agreement should be retained for future meetings or workshops (particularly important for project teams). Whenever you do a workshop or meeting with the group, you should check the group agreement and make sure everyone is always satisfied. If something has to change, change it. Remember that the team and the best of them in the time you have. Group agreements, sometimes as group norms, sometimes as group expectations and others (although less desirable, as I write below) that group rules help to establish a normative culture. It is a culture in which young people begin to develop a sense of respect, trust and, hopefully, vulnerable people. This type of normative culture is therapeutic in nature and benefits young people in traditional classrooms or clinical groups.