Essay Attendence of an Aa Meeting in March 2008

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Name of Group Attended: Alcoholics Anonymous
Facility and Location of Group Attended:
Date and Time of Group Attended: 3/30/08 at 7 p.m.
Name of Group Leader: Bill

A. A description of the group purpose and setting, providing enough information to let the instructor understand the group set-up.

The main purpose of this meeting is for the attendants to stay sober and help other members achieve and/or maintain sobriety. The only requirement of attending is the desire to stop drinking. It was an open speaker meeting which meant that alcoholics and nonalcoholics were welcomed to attend. This meeting was the type of meeting the members of A.A. share their stories, their problems with alcohol, what brought them there, and how
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The meeting lasted about an hour.

E. Describe interaction patterns observed between members and leaders including shifts. Was interaction leader centered or client centered?
The energy of the whole meeting was one of non-judgement. It was simply listening and witnessing what people were wanted to share. Their thoughts and feelings about drinking or what their lives were like when they did drink. What compelled them to drink and how they overcame the urge to. They didn’t interrupt each other when they were speaking. When they did want to speak they stood up and started telling their stories. There was no limit to the time that they spoke. More socializing followed the meeting. People were hugging or patting each other on the back. Members were talking about what had been said in the meeting and some were talking about their work or kids things, not necessarily associated with alcoholism.

F. In-depth consideration of leadership style used: analyze style, style effectiveness, and group response to that style. Identify and label the specific style used.
The leadership style was facilitative. After asking it was found that the leader is in fact voted into that role (about every 6 months or so) making it democratic. The leader openly discussed the purpose and the goals of the group and allowed them to share their feelings toward these ideas. In