Models for Group Leadership – Co-leadership

Models for Group Leadership: Co-leadership
Introduction
A challenge in group counseling that differs from most models of individual counseling is co-leadership. Leading a group with another counselor requires a level of trust and communication that can be both challenging and rewarding. When the partnership is effective, the experience can be professionally gratifying and can reduce the level of stress that is common to the treatment of compulsive and addictive behavior. The opposite can occur, however, if the partnership is competitive or prone to conflicts. While our textbook recommends choosing a co-leader (Berg, Landreth, & Fall, 2006), it is important to note that this is not always possible in training situations. It is even harder in many agencies where co-leaders are selected primarily on the basis of availability and scheduling.
One of the potentially draining aspects of leading groups for the treatment of compulsive and addictive behaviors can be resistance. Being prepared to address resistance benefits the group as well as the leader. Your textbook reveals how group members can create resistance and offers insight into some helpful responses for the behavior (Berg, Landreth, & Fall, 2006). Exploring how we react to a variety of direct and indirect conflicts can help provide glimpses into areas for personal growth.
References
Berg, R. C., Landreth, G. L., & Fall, K. A. (2006). Group counseling: Concepts and procedures (4th ed.). New York: Routledge. ISBN: 9780415952194.

Objectives
To successfully complete this learning unit, you will be expected to:
1. Identify models for group leadership.
2. Explore connections between multiple models for group leadership.
3. Examine relevant personality traits of the counselor that apply to group leadership style.

Learning Activities Studies
Readings
Use your textbook to read the following:
• Chapter 5, “Co-Leadership: Rationale and Implementation,” pages 119–127. This chapter examines how co-leadership, as a leadership modality, can benefit group members and co-leaders. It also points to some of the pitfalls of the process and examines how these can be tackled to increase the effectiveness of co-leadership.
• Chapter 8, “Working Effectively with Resistance in Groups,” pages 199–215. This chapter studies the general characteristics of the group leader and methods of assessing the strengths and weaknesses of group members. Subgrouping and power struggles are also discussed. As you read the chapter, pay attention to the concept of cohesiveness and the discussion on resistances in group.

Question 1: Advantages and Disadvantages of Co-leadership- 1page needed with 2 references
The text presents advantages and disadvantages of co-leadership for group counseling. Which side is more consistent with your own approach? What advantages or disadvantages are most relevant to you? You may use your concept map to help illustrate your answers to these questions.

Question 2: Power Struggles- 1 page needed with 2 references
Resistance in groups is a frequent concern in group therapy and the treatment of compulsive and addictive behavior. Review the example of an exchange between a group member and the leader as an example of a power struggle on pages 204–205 of your textbook. What other responses (generate at least two) on the part of the group leader would defuse the challenge and address the group member’s concerns? How do the dynamics of the interaction address the points made in the text regarding power struggles?

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