Throughout the course of a Master’s counseling program, moments of doubt, and a lack of working knowledge are bound to play a major role in the confidence a future counselor will posses in effectively implementing interventions early on in the instructional phase of his or her career. Corey (2010) states that an effective group leader, is able to become aware of their own vulnerabilities, and take responsibility in their responses. To become aware of a possible vulnerable area, a counselor must first take a concise look into their personal strengths and weakness, and then decide to actively seek out assistance with working on vulnerabilities. In exploring the roles of an effective group leader, I have realized that within the group process, I most fear the roles of a group leader that pertain to direct confrontation of a client, I also fear that the improper implementation of a intervention could lead to potential harm of the client. Attending to these fears I hold regarding group member confrontation, and intervention implementation is the key to gaining further understanding into how I can become comfortable with these essential functions of a group leader. The current paper will take a closer look into my vulnerabilities, using current research to gain insight into how I can overcome fears, when facilitating a task, psycho-educational, counseling, and psychotherapy group.
Corey, Corey, and Corey (2010) describe the main focus of task groups, to be the application of group dynamic principles and processes to improve, practice, and foster the accomplishment of identified work goals. In a task group setting, the members usually work together to complete a specific goal. Corey, Corey, and Corey (2010) describe task group leaders as individuals whose role in the group, is to assist task group members in understanding how the group dynamic can affect the targeted goal. This is maintained through maintaining the balance between process and content (Erford, 2010, p. 3). A leadership role in a task group requires that a leader be an individual that will be able to be directive, while maintaining the process aspects of the group task.
In addressing my fear of confrontation and fear of being directive within a group setting, I believe a look into the core of my fears will provide clarity. In attempting to understand my fears associated with group leadership, the fact that I have little experience with providing therapeutic interventions plays a major role in how I view my ability to affectively administer an intervention. Bandura (1986) stated that fears come primarily from a lack of confidence in one’s ability to deal with events that feel unpredictable or uncontrollable. Overcoming my fear of being directive in a group setting would require that I expose myself to situations, where I would have to be directive. In doing so I believe that I will be able to gain a sense of self efficacy in becoming a directive leader.
Similar to a task groups,...