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Study Guides for Practically Shameless

Study guide for womens' groups

Study guide for mens' groups

Study guide for writers' groups

Study guide for individuals

Each study guide is a Microsoft Word document. If you have difficulty opening any study guide, please contact us.

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How To Use These Guides

The purpose of a study guide is to stimulate discussion and reflection. Some things to keep in mind:
  1. Each study guide offers a variety of topics and questions, to help you find something of interest. Don't expect to use all the topics offered.
  2. There is no "right" or "wrong" answer to any question. Discussion will be most rewarding when all ideas and perspectives are made welcome.
  3. Allow enough time for every group member to share. Don't require anyone to share who doesn't want to.
  4. If the group is large enough that there's insufficient time for each member to share, break into small groups for discussion. Then return to the whole group with a representative of each small group summarizing its discussion for the whole.
  5. Some groups will feel more comfortable discussing personal issues than others. Don't try to force a more personal discussion than group members are comfortable with.
  6. You may want to ask group members to offer their own topics and questions.

A final note about questions in any group discussion. A question's purpose is to discover information. A question can also be used to conceal a judgment, conceal a want, or pick a fight.

For example, the question, "Have you stopped beating your kids?" conceals a judgment that the person being asked is beating his/her kids. The question, "Does my butt look fat in these jeans?" conceals a desire for a compliment. The question, "Where are we going with this discussion?" conceals a desire to be going someplace different and thus a desire to pick a fight.

If you're on the receiving end of a question that seems to have something concealed in it, reply by asking this question: "What would you get out of knowing the answer to your question?" If the person replies honestly, the judgment or desire will become clearer. (More on the subject of questions in groups can be heard on the Clean Talk CD.)


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