What is Group Dynamics?
Group Dynamics is a Wisconsin highway safety initiative aimed at assisting first-time OWI (operating while intoxicated) offenders in changing their impaired driving behavior. Students monitor their alcohol or other drug use or abstinence throughout the course and have many opportunities to self-assess their current use patterns. Students also complete a Personal Change Plan to help them avoid future problems with impaired driving.
Who attends Group Dynamics?
Group Dynamics is appropriate for first-time OWI offenders who have been assessed as irresponsible users by alcohol and other drug abuse professionals in county public treatment facilities. The emphasis of Group Dynamics is on education and changing impaired driving behavior, not on the treatment of addiction.
- Learn about the relationships between behavior,attitude, emotions, chemical substance use/abuse and driving.
- Learn to analyze behavior, thought patterns, values and lifestyles that harm their driving.
- Understand and accept the traffic system and its goals.
- Understand how alcohol affects the body, driving and social living.
- Assume greater responsibility for their future driving behavior and consider the well-being of others.
- Learn about alternatives that can help them modify their behavior.
- Develop a realistic personal plan to prevent impaired driving in the future.
Registration: Participants must register and pay course fee within 3 business days of alcohol assessment to remain incompliance with driving privileges.
Attendance: Participants must attend all 21 hours.
Abstinence during the course: Abstaining from alcoholic beverages and other drugs, with the exception of prescription drugs, is strongly recommended during the course.
Sobriety in class: Anyone who uses alcohol/drugs prior to the class meeting will not be allowed to participate. That individual will be referred back to the assessment agency for further evaluation.
Promoting Positive Change
The Group Dynamics course is built upon the premise that all individuals have the power to change their behavior if they have the motivation and tools to do so. Students are assisted in applying course information to their own life circumstances and provided with guidance and support for change.
Group Dynamics applies prevailing research in change and motivation to help participants alter OWI-related behavior.
Each student develops a Personal Change Plan to avoid ongoing problems with impaired driving. Participants build their plans little by little throughout the course and benefit from feedback and support from the instructor and peers in class.
Personal Change Plans are shared at the conclusion of the course with members of the class. The goal is for each student to leave the course with a personalized, realistic and specific plan to avoid future problems with impaired driving.
Please note, on-line registration is unavailable for Group Dynamics courses.
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Call (920) 498-5526, or (800) 422-6982, ext. 5526