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Topic: You have been reading about dealing with conflict in group. You viewed conflict in the Corey et al. DVD and discussed the leader’s role in conflict in the workbook. Reflect on your readings from Jacobs et al., Forsyth, and the Corey et al. workbook and discuss your insights as you addressed the section of “Challenges Facing Group Leaders” in your workbook. Make sure to properly cite your sources and reference your citations at the end.
In any type of group arena, there will be conflict. Everyone involved has a difference of opinion, ideas, and some may not voice an opinion at all; so by trying to avoid conflict by not saying anything just creates more conflict. I think that conflict for one can be interesting in group settings and even helpful. When I say helpful I mean that it can open up lines of communication and encourage different ideas even if they aren’t voiced appropriately. Jacobs (2012) discusses that there are thirteen common problems that are associated with groups. For each of these common problems Jacobs (2012) has identified ways to handle each of these problems. I have experience with the “chronic talker, as well as the member who tries to get the leader.” According to the Jacobs (2012) text the first thing a leader should do is shift the focus away from any power struggle. Once I read that I knew that I was always handling that particular member in the wrong way. I also read that I’ve handled the chronic talker in an inappropriate manner. It is important that whatever difficult group member that you encounter, you know how to handle the situation and you know when to ask a member to leave because maintaining a certain dynamic of the group so that you don’t lose focus is one of the most important aspects. Maintaining the focus of the group and assuring the other members that you as the leader can and know how to handle difficult members and situations can be a big part of whether the group can move forward in a healthy working relationship or fall apart at the seams.
Reference Jacobs, E. E., Masson, R. L., Harvill, R. L., and Schimmel, C. J. (2012). Group counseling: Strategies and skills (7th ed.) Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole.