Skill building is a key component of development groups: interpersonal skills, intimacy skills, friendship skills, business communication skills. The experience of being in a 90 minute group of four to eight people who are working on similar issues each week or twice a month can be a life-changing experience.
Interactions with people in the group eventually become a focus of the group. Is someone reluctant to speak up for herself? Does she avoid conflict? How can she disagree without being abrasive and disagreeable? Is there a way to bring up a touchy subject and still communicate respect for the other person? The group can empower that person to take a step and risk a new way of interacting.
Acceptance and teamwork are what people learn from being in group counseling. Soon after a group is formed, the members of the group begin to interact in the group based on their experiences from their original families. As each person becomes aware of those patterns, he/she becomes freer to change and be different.
Most people in one of Mark's long-term groups end up getting a promotion at work. The workplace notices the changes that the person is learning in the group.