Personal Group Leadership Style
Group leadership style is personal. The group leader brings his or her own personality, biases, and theoretical orientation to create a unique approach that reflects their individuality. The conscious struggle to balance one’s understanding of ethical, cultural, and group development issues is intimately related to a personal group leadership style.
The text (Berg, Landreth, & Fall, 2006) provides a number of personal reactions from group counselors who are contemplating group leadership. These reactions help illustrate the complex range of dilemmas that face group leaders. The opportunity to read how Dr. Carl Rogers confronted many of the same issues may provide comfort in recognizing how common the dilemmas of leading a group can be for even the most experienced counselors.
Berg, R. C., Landreth, G. L., & Fall, K. A. (2006). Group counseling: Concepts and procedures (4th ed.). New York: Routledge. ISBN: 9780415952194.
To successfully complete this learning unit, you will be expected to:
1. Analyze relevant personality traits as they apply to group leadership style.
2. Explain group leadership approaches.
3. Recognize an individual approach and emerging leadership style that will help develop a personal model.
Learning Activities Studies
Use your textbook and the Internet to read the following:
• Chapter 4, “The Group Leader’s Internal Experience,” pages 101–117. This chapter examines the group facilitator’s internal frame of references and explains how to overcome initial group leader anxiety.
• Chapter 9, “Typical Issues in Group Counseling,” pages 217–251. This chapter explores potential problems related to termination, evaluation, and follow-up. As you read the chapter, pay attention to the issue of structuring as a potential means for contributing to the development of interaction in groups.
• SAMHSA’s Tip 41. Substance Abuse Treatment: Group Therapy, Chapter 7. This chapter highlights training opportunities available to substance abuse treatment professionals. It also recommends the supervisory group as an added measure that improves group leadership and gives counselors in the group insights about how clients may experience groups.
Question 1: Challenging Issues- 1 page needed with 2 references.
Reflecting upon the study materials presented in this course, what issues are most challenging and more likely to create anxiety on your part? What group counseling approaches or techniques provide the most help in dealing with these challenges?
Question 2: Personal Leadership Style- 1 page needed with references.
Provide an explanation of how your personal group leadership style helps address selected issues outlined in Chapter 9 of your textbook. Share your concept map of your personal theory of group counseling that will be incorporated into your final project as an attachment to your post.