think about how our own methods of dealing with conflict in our personal lives might help or hinder us when dealing with conflict as a group leader

The below assignment has been written by another student. Please read it very carefully and reply to it by providing at least 150 meaningful words, APA format, at least one in-text cite and from at least one academic resource. Textbook— Jacobs, E. E., Schimmel, C. J., Masson, R. L., & Harvill, R. L. (2015). Group counseling: Strategies and skills (8th ed.). Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole. ISBN: 9781305087309.Thanks (Jessica)

One question posed by Corey et al., in the Groups in Action workbook, asks us to think about how our own methods of dealing with conflict in our personal lives might help or hinder us when dealing with conflict as a group leader. This question led me to think about my own tendency to avoid conflict by either trying to deflect or by leaving the situation. As a group leader, it would be irresponsible for me to try to try to deflect from conflicts brewing amongst group members, because the situation may only get worse, and the tension will prevent the group members from making progress toward their goals. Though dealing with conflict can be uncomfortable, a skilled group leader should be able to help group members to acknowledge and resolve their conflict, in order to establish trust (Corey et al., 2014, pg. 24). Corey et al. also states that “leaders should not collude with members to avoid conflict” (pg. 24), but rather should “model that it is safe to address interpersonal conflict, and that the conflict can be productively resolved” (pg. 25). I know that I, personally, have some work to do in order to become comfortable enough to help others to adequately address their differences. One important leadership skill, described by Corey et al., that I would like to work on developing is redirecting members to focus on themselves, rather than attacking others (pg. 91). The goal is for members to be able to “talk about how they are being affected by each other rather than blaming others or judging others behaviors” (pg. 90). I think that this is an important skill to have, because while we cannot control others behaviors, we can help group members to recognize and deal with the feelings that arise from those behaviors. In chapter 16, Jacobs et al. states that helping members come to terms with one another is not only beneficial to the group in the form of “solidifying the group and building group cohesion,” but that it also helps group members to become “more accepting of other in their daily lives” (pg. 418). If “members behavior within the group is indicative of their behavior outside the group (Jacobs et al., 2016, pg. 418), then it makes sense that the new interpersonal skills and strategies that members learn by productively addressing conflict within the group will carry over into their everyday interactions. The scripture states that “Bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive” (Colossians 3:13 English Standard Version). In this way, dealing with conflict between group members and helping them to focus on their own feelings, perceptions and reactions, rather than allowing them to focus on the negative behaviors of other people, will help members to have healthier, more productive interpersonal relationships both in and out of the group. In ameliorating these interpersonal conflicts, members can “Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you” (Ephesians 4:31-32 ESV). By using the techniques recommended by Jacobs et al. and Corey et al., and keeping in mind the Bible perspective on resolving conflict, group leaders can not only help members to resolve conflict in a healthy way, but can use the opportunity to create a teachable moment and make conflict work for the benefit of the group.

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