Orientation to Group Building Exercises | Group Building and Sociodrama
Date of Talk: February 9th | February 23rd
Orientation to Group Building Exercises: - Kevin Thomas jumpstarted the Cohort with providing information on inclusive group building. According to Kevin, to be a leader is to be a group builder. He teaches the importance of forming group relationships that create a condition in which any person can bring themselves to the table and be unafraid to take risks, be vulnerable and share. Keven references Romanian-American psychiatrist, J.L. Moreno, and his group forming principles to serve as a foundation for healthy group dynamics. The Cohort learned how to use tools like group agreements and self disclosure to help foster trust and inclusion in their own groups.
Group Building and Sociodrama: - Kevin Thomas returns to the Cohort with an innovative tool used for studying and remedying problems in group or collective relationships.. He introduced group building through sociodrama. The Cohort shared the impact of racism using role play and shared experience. The group was able to broaden and deepen empathic range by viewing and experiencing a social event from multiple perspectives.
BIO: Principal of Green River Coaching & Consulting,
Kevin Thomas’ career has been based on the principle that humane values lead to better results in organizations. His background in psychology gives him a keen eye for the importance of healthy, functional relationships as the hallmark of a successful organization. His experience as a Learning & Development professional in Human Resources in higher education, with its decentralized, highly autonomous culture, has led him to develop strategies for generating genuine commitments to change that create value at every level of an organization. For more information about his experience and qualifications, click here.
Kevin lives in the Berkshire hills of Massachusetts with his wife and his dog Banjo. He enjoys hiking, biking, and long books.