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Mobilize Support Groups to Meet Congregational Needs

Journal of Christian Nursing: October 2004 - Volume 21 - Issue 4 - p 40
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Purpose Statement

The purpose of this self-directed study is to explore ways to establish and maintain effective psychoeducational support groups in congregational health settings.

Learning Objectives

After reading this article, learners will be able to:

  1. Identify necessary steps to take in getting a congregational support group started.
  2. Examine the five stages of group development.
  3. Outline behaviors and responsibilities of group members and facilitators for each developmental stage.


Earn one and a half (1.5) contact hours of continuing nursing education. Here's how:

  1. Read the article by Janice C. Hurley and Suzanne Mohnkern on pp. 34 to 39 and complete this post-test using the answer card insert (or photocopy) between pp. 12 and 13. Each question has only one correct (best) answer. Complete all registration information, including your registry number and the evaluation.
  2. JCN CNE is free to Nurses Christian Fellowship members. Cost for non-members for this continuing education unit is $11.95; make check out to Journal of Christian Nursing and include with your completed answer card.
  3. Send the completed card, registration fee (for non-members) and a self-addressed, stamped, legal-sized envelope to: JCN Continuing Nursing Education, PO Box 7895, Madison, WI 53707-7895.
  4. You can take the test and register online. Go to

You will be notified of your score within six weeks. A passing score on this test is 9 correct or 75%. If you pass, JCN will send you a certificate for one and a half (1.5) contact hours of CNE credit. If you fail, you may retake the test once for an additional $5.00.


1. According to Hurley and Mohnkern, why are psychoeducational support groups a good strategy in parish nursing?

a) They promote healing.

b) They prevent illness.

c) They provide efficient use of the parish nurses time.

d) They solve program financial shortfalls.

2. In establishing a support group, what should the parish nurse do first?

a) Look for a consultant.

b) Seek approval and funding.

c) Assess the need.

d) Write curricula.

3. What is most important when more than one group facilitator is used?

a) Assign specific roles and duties.

b) Decide on member criteria.

c) Determine group size.

d) Admit more new members.

4. Which of these best characterize psychoeducational group development?

a) Members and facilitators share responsibilities.

b) Groups go through predictable stages.

c) Groups progress at the same rate.

d) The stages of group development are not sequential.

5. How do group members normally feel during the forming stage?

a) Committed

b) Anxious

c) Resistant

d) Confident

6. Which is an important facilitator response duringforming?

a) Uses positive reinforcement

b) Steps back

c) Manages conflict

d) Allows dependence

7. What is typical member behavior during thestorming stage?

a) Anxiety

b) Conflict

c) Trust building

d) Bonding

8. Why is thestormingstage often difficult?

a) Members begin to assert themselves

b) Members are still getting acquainted

c) Facilitators are easily intimidated

d) Facilitators make many demands

9. What is a primary task of the facilitator during thenormingstage?

a) Manages conflict

b) Receives and gives thanks

c) Maintains group member safety

d) Consults and advises

10. Once members enter the norming stage they never go back to storming.

a) True

b) False

11. What usually characterizes group members during theperformingstage?

a) Need clarification

b) Show feelings

c) Become self-directed

d) Show self-esteem

12. What is most important for parish nurses to keep in mind when the recovery process seems painful and scary to group members?

a) Confidentiality should be maintained.

b) Pain and fear should be overcome.

c) God's love can heal hurting people.

d) Group crisis requires a consultant.


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