Group Counselor



DiscussionBoard 9: Responses 1

SelectedGroup Quality

Asa group counselor, I would incorporate courage in running a grouptherapy. I would use the quality to encourage openness among themembers. I would lead the way by admitting my faults to reducetension. This will help in increasing members’ confidence that isessential to helping them participate in activities of the groupwithout fear of making mistakes. I would also confront the memberswithout fear, but after taking a time to understand them all.Understanding all of my group members is essential in enabling me tocompare between each member`s behaviors with words. This way I wouldconfidently confront a group member without evoking fear orresistance. I would also allow the members to confront me withoutchastising them for doing so. Behaving in this manner will reduce thechances of the members withdrawing from the therapy group because Iwill have created an emotional connection with them.


Co-leaderscontribute greatly to the positive productivity of a group. One waythey help is through learning from each other. Co-leading enablesleaders to learn from each other, as well as from other groupmembers. Having co-leaders represents two different kinds of lifeexperiences. It increases the knowledge of co-leaders, and that ofmembers since issues are approached in different angles. Co-leaderswork together, reducing burnout chances. For example, one leader mayhelp in attending to behavioral issues while the other maintains thework of the group. Helping each other increases the productivity ofco-leaders and members. Absenteeism of a group leader may lead tonegative productivity within a group. In co-leading, cases ofabsenteeism are rare. When one leader is not present, the otherleader handles the group activities. This reduces withdrawal cases asmembers appreciate the caring nature of the leaders, as they arealways present to deal with their problems.


Theoreticalorientation is an understanding regarding how an individual developsa problem and a way of solving the problem. In therapy, it is aguiding principle on how a leader likely interacts with groupmembers. For example, a leader needs to know different culturalorientations of the group members. This is essential in helping aleader to understand why a group member behaves in a certain way. Indoing so, the leader will be able to ask the right questions duringgroup interventions. It is essential that group leaders understandtheir theoretical orientation to avoid confusions because it providesone with a sense of direction when working with other members. Ithelps a person become self-aware, which is crucial for maintenance ofprofessional competence. Theoretical orientation promotes personaldedication and commitment towards group interventions, enabling aleader to believe in values of a group during both good and badtimes.

DiscussionBoard 9: Responses 2

SelectedGroup Quality

Asa group leader, I would incorporate quality of self-awareness inrunning a group. I would ensure that I have a full understanding ofwhom I am and the real reason I chose to be a leader of the group.This will help me to come to terms with myself, which will, in turn,help the members to focus on their self-care. It will also assist meto harness my anxiety by allowing it to energize rather than paralyzeme. I would also use self-awareness to increase awareness of mybiases to deal with all the group interventions fairly.


Co-leadershipmainly gives rise to positive outcomes for both the team members andthe leaders. One contribution to these good outcomes is the provisionof diverse feedbacks. In the cases of group discussions, one leaderis better than one. The two leaders offer different approachesregarding a certain problem affecting a group member. It givesdiverse ways of solving problems for members to choose from.Co-leadership also produces positive results due to reason thatco-leaders provide mutual support and increased group interactionsbecause there is always a conversation starter. In addition, when oneleader seems stuck the other assist in further elaboration.


Itis essential for a counselor to have a theoretical orientation. Itplays an important role in determining one’s professional identitywithin the area of specialty and people the individual serve.Theoretical orientation is comparable to an individual’s toolbox.It allows a leader to pull out interventions in a group in a certainmanner. It assists in keeping a leader focused towards issuesrelevant to the group. Realization of one’s theoretical orientationenables an individual to incorporate change, as intervention ways areevolving. Further, its flexibility allows a leader to gain moreexperience in intervening on issues affecting a group, thus reducingconflicts.

DiscussionBoard 10: Self-Assessmentof Group Leadership Skill


Aftercarrying out a self-assessment, I realized my areas of strengths andweaknesses as a group leader. I noted that I am a poor activelistener since I do not pay attention to non-verbal language.Further, I overuse questioning which makes myself hidden, making mesay very little about myself. This also weakens my suggesting skillas a leader because through the many questions, I tend to give toomany suggestions, which can be exhausting to members of my group.Through the assessment, I also learned that I am bad at confrontingpeople, as I do not point out a behavior that affects me. I am ratherstrong in reflecting both thoughts and feelings, clarifyingunderlying issues, facilitating a group through initiatingdiscussions, and promoting increased interaction among members. Ialso noted that am good at modeling, but I can improve more on thesame by ensuring I talk more about myself to model effectiveself-disclosure.


Theassessment made me realize that I hold some skills, which areessential for effective group leadership. I am good at balancing mythoughts and feelings, which is essential in reduction of anxiety anddoubt, allowing me to make unbiased decisions. I am also good atclarifying and summarizing issues to ensure that there exists minimalor less cases of conflicts. However, to improve on my leadershipskills, I need to improve on my listening skills and start payingmore attention to both verbal and non-verbal languages to ensure Iintervene correctly to each arising conflict.


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