What is an Encounter Group?
- Encounter Groups are small groups composed of 5-8 participants that meet regularly for the purpose of attaining greater self-discovery, personal growth, and life transformation.
- Encounter Groups are highly-interactional and highly-experiential.
- Encounter Groups may engage in activities such as psychodrama, body and sensory awareness, art/ sound/ and music therapy, dream work, health work, regressive-cathartic work, and others.
- Encounter Groups aim for the growth and maturity of the total person. All aspects of the participants' lives-- the emotional, psychological, cognitive, behavioral, physical, relational, and spiritual aspects are addressed.
- The Encounter Group is held in an environment that is supportive, safe, nurturing, and confidential.
Who can benefit from Encounter Groups?
People who are:
- Seeking to be more self-confident and satisfied with themselves
- Seeking to break away from the dysfunctional and self-defeating patterns of their lives
- Undergoing life transitions and needing clearer direction for the future
- Seeking emotional, psychological, cognitive, physical, relational, and spiritual integration, and wholeness
- Seeking to relate with others more authentically and harmoniously
- Pursuing a path of self-discovery, personal growth, and life transformation
- Seeking for deeper purpose, meaning, and joy in life
Mechanics for joining an Encounter Group?
- A psychological evaluation and one-on-one interview is required for selection of eligible participants.
- Encounter group meetings last for 2 hours and will meet for 16 weekly sessions.
- Each participant must be committed to attend all the 16 meetings.
- Each participant must abide by the rules and ethical guidelines of the Encounter Group.
- The selected participants will be informed of the specific venue and schedule for the Encounter Group Meetings.
Some Guidelines for the Encounter Group
Be honest with everyone, including yourself.
Stay in touch with your feelings.
Focus on your experience in the here-and-now.
Take responsibility for your choices.
Take risks. Get out of your comfort zone.
Give feedback and be open to feedback.
Discover your defenses.
Grow and expect to become a different person.
"Initially, I had hesitations joining the encounter group, but I definitely learned a lot about myself from my groupmates’ interactions and feedback.” -- Betina S.
"I felt very safe, respected, and supported by my groupmates. They may have talked about themselves, but their life stories were touching me in a very personal way.” -- Wency C.