Using the Social Profile in Your Group
Teachers may wonder why some classroom groups function better than others. The Social Profile can help them understand why, and what skills can be introduced to improve group learning and social participation through cooperation.
Coaches of Team Sports may see camaraderie among players in some years, but not in others. The Social Profile can uncover what type of interaction is needed in practice, among team members, and in generating a united front in defeating the opposition.
Boards of Community, Professional and Condominium Members may need to examine why they are not functioning effectively in interacting and decision making for setting policies and creating by-laws. Reviewing the types and levels of group participation in their discussions could facilitate their potential for success.
Leaders of Political Groups need to look beyond partisan politics to civic goals. The guidelines of the Social Profile could motivate them to move beyond the power of lobbyists to influence them and to work for the common weal.
Occupational Therapists working with support groups, groups of people with mental illness, groups of older adults, and substance abusers can use the Social Profile to assess their group’s type of participation during activities and to design interaction to improve functional and social skills. When a group is interacting at a level below or above their usual mode, the therapist can discuss with them shifting gears with lower or higher level activities.
Work Groups in a myriad of settings often spend more time together than they do with their families. Various dysfunctional interactions such as power struggles, jealousy, boredom, and lack of motivation may be evaluated using the Social Profile to assess whether the work group needs a retreat, planning meeting, goal setting or outward bound type of experience to learn to function as a team designed to achieve work goals in a professional, more enjoyable and cooperative manner.
The Social Profile: Train Yourself!
Viewing videotapes/DVD's of groups of various participation levels
Discussing observations with a partner, colleague or supervisor
Using worksheets to identify videotape/DVD's of behaviors
Reviewing case studies of groups for their level of participation
Exploratory observations of groups jointly with an experienced Social Profile rater for interrater reliability
Training for using the Social Profile (2010) is necessary to provide reliability of assessment of group interaction skills.
Training can consist of: