Coverage in Phase A

Phase A is a two-week lab, which broadly covers the following:

  • An awareness of processes within self and interpersonal situations
  • An awareness of behavioural processes in groups and systems; and
  • Development of skills in diagnostic interventions at self, interpersonal and group levels leading to change.

In Phase A, the focus is on developing the following competencies in the candidates:

  • Interest in theory and conceptual understanding of experiential learning.
  • Interest and involvement in using the T-group method for learning about self and groups.
  • Ability to deal functionally with one's emotions, which includes the following:
    • Ability to articulate and acknowledge emotions and feelings within oneself.
    • Willingness to explore these emotions and feelings, communicate them and examine their impact on others
    • Ability to pick up feeling(s) of other group members that is couched in some behavioural expression.
  • Is in touch with one’s own needs for membership of group, visibility, power and influence, affection and approval etc. without negating the needs of the other.
  • Willingness and ability to invite feedback on oneself, work on it and make learning out of it. Also provide feedback to others
  • Ability to distinguish between content and process.
  • Ability to observe and articulate some group level processes such as inclusion, exclusion, competition for leadership, authority issues etc.
  • Ability to remain in the Here and Now and help the group do the same

Learning Agenda

The Phase A lab is aimed at developing experiential and conceptual understanding of processes that occur at multiple levels in small groups and building skills in diagnostic interventions at self, interpersonal and group level.

Week 1:
  • Explore Here & Now feelings and learn to deal with them in functional ways
  • Become aware of implicitly accepted and explicitly stated group norms and their impact on learning of self and group.
  • Become aware of one’s fears, needs, and values in action and their impact on behaviour and choices made
  • Become aware of how one responds to those in Authority and uses one’s Personal Authority in the group
Week 2:
  • Experiment with using one’s personal authority and providing leadership in the group
  • Experiment with practicing T Group values – spontaneity, authenticity, confrontation, autonomy, etc. in one’s interactions
  • Notice and articulate conscious and unconscious processes in communication, decision making, leadership, authority, dealing with conflict, etc. at self, interpersonal and group levels
  • Become aware of the social processes of Inclusion and Exclusion based on gender, caste, class, age, and other differences
  • Become aware of the dynamics of attraction and sexuality

On completion of Phase A, the candidate will be given feedback by both the WK I and WK II facilitators. The WK I facilitators will endeavour to provide the First Week feedback as well as recommendations for participant’s focus for WK II. While the WK I feedback will focus on discovering areas of more work in WK II for the candidates, the recommendations of the WKII facilitators will be given priority in admitting the candidate to Phase B.

Inter-phase work for movement from Phase A to Phase B:

Once a candidate is eligible to go to Phase B, the inter-phase work between Phase A and Phase B which need be completed before attending Phase B lab are as follows:

  • Submission of Logs of the Phase A lab to the RC with copy to the Dean PDP within 8 weeks (2 months) from the date of the end of the lab. This is required irrespective of the time the candidate would want to do the next phase within the 2-year gap prescribed.
  • Observation of a T-Group and writing a log on the experience of observation, with specifics of the observations made and the assumptions and interpretations behind the observation. The log must also bring out the candidate's ability to distinguish between observations, interpretations and judgments. The log should be submitted within 2 months of attending the event along with a formal approval note from the faculty whose lab is observed.
  • Working on personal issues with the chosen mentor and a log on interactions with the mentor, and the progression of the mentor-mentee relationship.
  • Cognitive mapping of the candidate's personal growth, with special emphasis on her/his emotional state of being.
  • Book Reading and Review from books related to behavioural science and human process work. Connecting the ideas and concepts in the book to one's life and lab experience.
    • The mentor of the candidate supervises and certifies that the candidate has fulfilled the inter-phase requirement and clears the candidate for Phase B.
    • The candidate has been cleared by the respective Regional PDP Committee as evidenced by the letter from the RC to the PDP Dean to admit the candidate. A copy of all the documents submitted for admission will be sent along with this letter to the PDP Dean.

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