Concordia University

Human Interaction Laboratory - Residential Program

May 26 - May 31, 2019


About the Human Interaction Laboratory:

This Human Interaction Laboratory is a six-day (five night) residential program. Its unique experiential design consists of small and large group sessions whereby a semi-structured learning environment will assist you in developing your competencies in the following areas:

  • Increase your ability to understand yourself and others in the context of work/ task-focused relationships
  • Increase personal and task effectiveness in a diverse, multicultural environment
  • Enhance your understanding of group functioning and effectiveness
  • Enhance your understanding of your role in effective and productive groups
  • Demonstrate the capacity to give and receive feedback with care and accountability
  • Gain a deeper understanding of group development and group dynamics to achieve success
  • Open new paths of communication and personal insight
  • Increase your awareness of the impact you have on others and how others impact you

Program Methodology and Design

The Human Interaction Lab is designed as an interactive learning experience working both in small groups and large community sessions. By working in small groups, participants will have an opportunity to experience the impact of their interpersonal communication styles on other participants and on the groups which have been formed. The majority of each day is spent in small groups where members work with each other around semi-structured tasks. In addition to the small group work, the Laboratory includes large group discussions, theory sessions and experiential exercises. The more structured sessions focus on topics which flow from the group's dynamics and lead to a deeper understanding of broader issues related to interpersonal and group dynamics.

Who should attend?

Participants in this program will increase their understanding of groups and group processes; build on and maximize their competence in working with people; increase their awareness in regards to interpersonal dynamics and communication skills; and increase their effectiveness in giving and receiving feedback. Individuals must have an openness and willingness to work on themselves and in relation to others. The HI Lab is an entry point into the Department of Applied Human Science's Human Systems Intervention graduate program. Participants come from a broad range of backgrounds and positions in the fields of social services, business, industry, health services, government, education, religion and the volunteer sector.

Criteria for participation in this program

  • Participants in this program attend because they choose to attend, and not because they are forced to. They should be sufficiently familiar with the nature of human interaction laboratory in order to make an informed decision about attendance.
  • Each participant should have a genuine desire to learn about her/himself, about interpersonal communication/interpersonal relations, and about the impact of behavior on others, in small groups and teams.
  • There is mandatory participation in all the activities of this Lab. Should a participant miss an activity, it is the responsibility of that participant to inform the trainers of the reason for the absence. Participants may discontinue their attendance but this will result in a failure to meet the criteria for successful completion of the Lab.
  • Full-time residence is required of all participants.
  • No person concerned about entering a stressful situation should participate in this program. During our long history of offering this program, an extremely small percentage of participants have experienced stress in varying degrees. There is no effective means of predicting such reactions, screening out or otherwise identifying those predisposed to such reactions based on their prior medical history or present emotional problems which have been identified. It is important, therefore, that participants take the responsibility for "self-screening" in this matter. Attendance should be discussed with appropriate professionals, including medical doctors or psychotherapists, should the participant have any concerns.
  • Participants will have ample opportunities to develop and demonstrate their competencies in interpersonal communication through daily interactions. Opportunities will also be given to give and receive feedback about behaviors and the impact this has on you personally, on others and how this affects group dynamics and effectiveness in achieving task-oriented goals.
  • The trainers will be responsible for observing and assessing the above-mentioned competencies and will determine your readiness level (knowledge, skills and abilities) to move on to further laboratory learning. The trainers will provide participants with feedback and will inform the Centre of successful completion.
  • The Centre will send each participant an official notification of completion based on the feedback received from the facilitators. It is the responsibility of each participant to share this information with the appropriate person (if required).
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