Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Supervision of group leaders: A qualitative analysis of the supervision of group work model and the group worker competencies
by Wortham, Brian A., Ed.D., Northern Illinois University, 2009, 206; 3369789
Abstract (Summary)

There are numerous gaps in the literature in regard to group counseling. One such gap is the supervision of group leaders. While there are many models for supervising individual counselors, there are few for group leaders. One such model is the Supervision of Group Work model (SGW). This inquiry describes how a supervisor used the roles, foci, and group levels of this model as she addressed the Group Worker Competencies (GWC) during supervision. Before this inquiry, this interaction had not been studied.

This inquiry utilized a case study approach, which consisted of a supervisor and two co-leaders. The supervisor was a counselor educator and the co-leaders were practicum students in a master’s level counseling program. This triad met for seven supervision sessions. Consensual Qualitative Research was used to guide the research team as they analyzed transcripts from the supervision sessions for occurrences of the SGW model and GWC.

Analysis of the transcripts revealed the choice of role, focus, or group level the supervisor chose to use was more dependent upon theme, rather than the sequential passage of time. One difference was the teacher and consultant roles. As time progressed the supervisor used the consultant role more and the teacher role less. While the supervisor focused on the individual group level the most, it did not appear that she was promoting “individual counseling in a group setting.” As she discussed the individual level, she suggested ways the group leaders could incorporate this level with the other group levels. The supervisor addressed all but two of the GWC throughout the sessions. The two competencies not addressed in supervision were a professional disclosure statement and consultation.

There are several implications for supervisors, which include: (a) knowledge of the GWC can help supervisors create a balance with the roles, foci, and group levels of the SGW model, (b) supervisors can address the GWC using a pattern of planning, performing, and processing, (c) supervisors should be aware of the developmental needs of supervisees, and (d) the roles, foci, and group levels are sometimes difficult to delineate from one another.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Tollerud, Toni R., Pender, Deb
Commitee: Pender, Deb, Tollerud, Toni R., Wickman, Scott
School: Northern Illinois University
Department: Counseling, Adult and Higher Education
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: DAI-A 70/08, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: School counseling, Clinical psychology
Keywords: Competencies, Counseling, Group, Group work, Leaders, Supervision, Worker
Publication Number: 3369789
ISBN: 9781109323931
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